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Periodic Essay
The rise of Asian sovereign wealth funds

This Asia Focus provides an overview of sovereign wealth funds, evaluates the structure and activities of major funds in Asia, and compares the transparency of Asian funds relative to international best practices.
Asia Focus , Issue March

Periodic Essay
Burma – paving the road to a modern banking system

This Asia Focus report provides a historical background of Burmese banking crises, analyzes recent and upcoming regulatory reforms, and evaluates hurdles to the development of a modern banking system.
Asia Focus , Issue June

Periodic Essay
Indian banking reforms: a changing landscape for state-owned and foreign banks

Asia Focus , Issue May

Periodic Essay
China: an evolving housing market

Asia Focus , Issue Jun

Periodic Essay
Foreign banks' new China strategy

Asia Focus , Issue Jul

Periodic Essay
Japanese city banks: unwarranted housing loan expectations

Asia Focus , Issue Sep

Periodic Essay
Deposit insurance programs in Asia

Asia Focus , Issue Mar

Periodic Essay
Prudential liquidity standards in Asia

Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, regulators have increased their focus on the ability of banks to measure and manage liquidity risk. In December 2009, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the Basel Committee) identified ineffective liquidity management as a key characteristic of the crisis and highlighted the lack of attention that liquidity risk received relative to other risks prior to the crisis. Recognizing the key role of illiquidity in the crisis, the Basel Committee included two global minimum liquidity standards as part of the recently announced Basel III ...
Asia Focus , Issue Mar

Periodic Essay
Banking reform in Vietnam

Vietnams banking sector is expected to have one of the highest growth rates in Asia during the next few years due to the countrys continued economic expansion, rising household incomes, and relatively low penetration of existing banking services. Over the past two decades, the Vietnamese government has undertaken a series of reforms to strengthen and modernize the sector as part of the countrys move towards a more open and marketoriented economy. Many of these reforms have also been motivated by Vietnams growing participation in international agreements and ongoing efforts to adopt ...
Asia Focus , Issue June

Periodic Essay
Credit bureaus in Asia

Rising personal income levels and increasingly competitive lending markets have led to rapidly growing consumer credit in Asian economies during the past decade. However, in many cases this expansion of credit outstripped financial institutions ability to manage the associated increase in credit risk. The rising number of credit card defaults and subsequent personal bankruptcies in economies including South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the early- to mid-2000s demonstrated the need for Asian lending institutions to employ more robust credit risk management tools. Credit bureaus, which ...
Asia Focus , Issue Oct

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