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Implementation of anti-money laundering standards in Asia

Global money laundering and terrorist financing activities impose significant costs on the world economy by damaging the effective operations of national economies. In response to the challenges posed by these activities, Asian governments and regulators have strengthened their anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) regimes by adopting standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental agency that develops and promotes policies to combat AML/CFT.
Asia Focus , Issue Nov

Periodic Essay
Balancing the state and the market: banking reform in China and Vietnam

This Asia Focus examines similarities in the process of banking reform in China and Vietnam, analyzes how both countries have dealt with financial crises, and draws lessons from their shared experiences that may be useful for other countries undertaking financial reforms.
Asia Focus , Issue September

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
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

Periodic Essay
Risk management in a global environment

Since 2007, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) has held an annual conference or symposium on banking and financial developments in Asia. The inaugural conference was held on the 10th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis and examined the impact of that crisis on Asian economies, and the financial and banking reforms that led to economic recovery and renewed growth throughout the region. Conference participants discussed lessons from the crisis, including lessons relevant to the United States and other Western economies.
Asia Focus , Issue Dec

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