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JD Finance’s Chen: “I serve financial institutions, not do financial services”
Date: Oct 25, 2017   |   Author: Emmanuel Daniel | Interviews
Shengqiang Chen, chief executive officer of JD Finance, the financial subsidiary of JD.com, one of the largest e-commerce companies in China, discusses the company’s relationship with banks and retailers, how it has evolved as a financial technology organisation, and its future plans.
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Tencent’s Lai: “We build new applications to cure the ‘pain points’ of users”
Date: Oct 23, 2017   |   Author: Janine Marie Crisanto | Interviews
Jim Lai, head of Tencent Financial Technology Department, shares how the company became one of China’s top financial services providers and how a customer-centric internal culture resulted in effective and cost-efficient products.
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Asia Pacific banks remain unfazed by asset quality pressure
Date: Oct 20, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | Research Note
Retail asset quality pressure will persist in the Asia Pacific region, due to slower economic growth and worse employment situations. However, the downside risk to banks’ retail asset quality will remain manageable, as regulators and banks continue their efforts to better manage credit risk.
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Capital and liquidity improved in the Middle East
Date: Oct 18, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | AB500
Although Middle Eastern banks experienced a contraction in profitability, their overall capitalisation and liquidity improved with the gradual adoption of Basel III regulations. In Africa, asset quality and capitalisation are the key concerns.
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Stronger balance sheets, weaker profits
Date: Oct 18, 2017   |   Author: Wendy Weng | AB500
Despite the strength of their balance sheets, Asia Pacific banks continue to face massive challenges in growing profits, a conundrum created by modern capital rules.




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