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A demonstration of resilience
Date: Oct 22, 2019   |   Author: Wendy Weng | The Asian Banker 500
Banks in Saudi Arabia and UAE remain the strongest in the Middle East, while South African and Egyptian banks are the leaders in Africa
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Stronger headwinds ahead
Date: Oct 16, 2019   |   Author: Wendy Weng | The Asian Banker 500
As Chinese banks continue to dominate the list of largest banks, others in Asia Pacific face mounting pressure to sustain performance
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Household debt highest in Australia, while China sees fastest growth
Date: Jun 27, 2019   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Datafiles
Australian households are struggling with the record amount of outstanding debt, and the sliding housing market fuels concerns over shrinking economic growth in the country. In addition, the rapid build-up of household debt in China continues to attract attention
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China’s GDP growth has been overstated by an average of 1.7%, says new research
Date: Mar 26, 2019   |   Author: Wendy Weng | News Analysis
New research reveals that the economic slowdown in China may be worse than the official statistics suggest since 2008, due to the potential inaccuracy in China's GDP reporting.
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Asian intermediation shifts from stocks into bonds and bank deposits for most countries
Date: Mar 18, 2019   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Datafiles
Asian stock markets attracted less investible funds in 2018 and more went into bond markets, banking institutions and managed funds
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Despite rapid digitisation of payments in China, credit card usage will reach new heights by 2020
Date: Feb 28, 2019   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Research Note
Chinese credit card industry exploded over the past two years, with growth rates being recorded in the number of credit cards issued and outstanding credit card debt, as well as the income from credit card business.
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African banks show resilience despite downward pressure
Date: Feb 28, 2019   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Datafiles
Overall economic growth prospects for the Africa region are favourable. Most banks will raise capital base and maintain stable profitability, but weak asset quality will remain a key concern
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Prospects for the Middle East banking sector improve
Date: Feb 28, 2019   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Briefing note
With stronger economic growth anticipated in the Middle East, regional banking systems are set for improved profitability and solid capitalisation, funding and liquidity profiles