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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
China’s interest rate liberalization reform

This Asia Focus report explains the importance of interest rate liberalization in China, reviews historical progress and current efforts made to date, and discusses the potential impact on the banking sector.
Asia Focus , Issue May

Periodic Essay
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. Economies in the region have strengthened AML laws, established financial ...
Asia Focus , Issue Nov

Periodic Essay
Global recovery: Asia and the new financial landscape

On June 7 and 8, 2010, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Franciscos biennial Conference on Asian Banking and Finance considered the Global Recovery: Asia and the New Financial Landscape. The Conference is the fourth in a series begun in 2007 to examine the role of Asia in global finance. This Asia Focus report, written by Chris Sigur, provides highlights of perspectives on the global financial crisis that were shared at the conference.
Asia Focus , Issue Sep

Periodic Essay
Shadow banking in China: expanding scale, evolving structure

This Asia Focus provides an overview of shadow banking activities in China, their close ties with banks, reasons behind their rapid rise, the range of participants and products, and regulatory issues.
Asia Focus , Issue Apr

Periodic Essay
Vietnams banking sector

Each year, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) travels on a fact-finding trip to Asia. These trips advance two of the Banks broad objectives: serving as a repository of expertise on economic, banking, and financial issues relating to the Pacific Rim and building ties with policymakers and economic officials there. The knowledge gained and the contacts developed during these trips provide valuable input to understanding trends affecting the Twelfth District, carrying out responsibilities in banking supervision, and conducting monetary policy and promoting the ...
Asia Focus , Issue Feb

Periodic Essay
Chinas new foreign bank regulations

Asia Focus , Issue May

Periodic Essay
Rural banking in China

This Asia Focus report presents an overview of Chinas rural banking system, historical and recent reforms, and additional areas for improvement.
Asia Focus , Issue May

Periodic Essay
Mobile banking in Asia

Technology has transformed the banking industry with the introduction of mobile banking services that offer unprecedented convenience and accessibility to customers. This Asia Focus report describes the various approaches to mobile banking in Asia, and examines how particular countries have addressed regulatory issues.
Asia Focus , Issue Nov

Periodic Essay
Basel II implementation in Asia

This Asia Focus report examines Basel II implementation in Asian economies and discusses key issues and challenges facing Asian banks and regulators.
Asia Focus , Issue Apr

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