Asian Banking & Finance

Japan bank lending up 1.8% to record $4.36t in July: report
Companies are borrowing money due to the rising costs of raw materials, an official said.
Buy Now, Pay Later firms' credit losses on the rise
The largest BNPL providers have doubled their delinquency rates over the past few quarters.
India’s Yes Bank improves credit profile following $1.1b equity capital raise
The billion dollar capital raising will strengthen resilience against asset quality risks.
DBS denies interest in India’s IDBI Bank: report
This follows after reports said that DBS is mulling purchase of a stake in the bank.
APAC banks credit losses surge to $865m for through 2023: S&P
Credit losses will surpass $400b for 2022 and 2023, respectively.
Hong Leong Finance sees profits rise to S$45.1m in H1
It has also announced an interim dividend of S$0.0375 in its latest bourse filing.
HSBC appoints Shayan Hazir as Chief Digital Officer for ASEAN
The former GLMC head has over 18 years of bank leadership experience under HSBC.
ESG-linked sukuk issuance treads an upward path
Over $4.3b of ESG-linked sukuk was issued globally in Q2 2022.
Citi unveils Sustainable Time Deposit solution in APAC
It will fund environmental and social projects such as water and sanitation infrastructure.
DBS net profit down 3% in H1, but Q2 profits second-highest in history
The bank is expected to benefit from rising interest rates, says CEO Piyush Gupta.
Higher rates to raise Asian bank’s net interest margins, but risks may intensify
Asset quality will not significantly deteriorate, but banks face risks if US rate hikes are larger than expected.
OCBC net profit rose 7% to S$2.83b in H1
This was buoyed by higher net interest, although non-interest income fell during the period.
Boom or bust? Buy now pay later flourishes but with default risks rising
Rising rates and tightening policies hurt borrowers’ repayment capacities and push up operating costs.
HSBC to meet Hong Kong retail investors after spurning break up call
This comes a day after HSBC promised higher dividends.

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Investment Banking Thailand plays catch up with global green finance goals
Banks are calling for legislators to impose carbon tax and a common taxonomy of goals.
Banking Technology Data is the bane and boon of addressing sustainable investment gap
Wielding this tool the right way is key to pushing and meeting ESG goals, says Experian’s Sisca Margaretta.
Retail Banking How Singapore banks are closing the gender gap
Most banks have already exceeded the 2021 regional average of 18.5% employed women per firm.
Small step for Green Link Digital Bank, large leap for Singapore MSMEs
Size does not matter for Singapore’s newest wholesale digital bank.
Cards & Payments SMEs embrace flexible payments as consumers seek digital options
This is accompanied by the rise of biometrics to safeguard accounts.
Banking Technology Why LINE Bank chose Indonesia as its third home
After successful launches in Thailand and Taiwan, LINE is going steady in Indonesia.
Cards & Payments Alternative payments dominate Asia as credit card use dwindles
BNPL may not be the plastic killer everyone touts it to be, but it's attracting underserved customers.

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Japan bank lending up 1.8% to record $4.36t in July: report
Companies are borrowing money due to the rising costs of raw materials, an official said.
Buy Now, Pay Later firms' credit losses on the rise
The largest BNPL providers have doubled their delinquency rates over the past few quarters.
India’s Yes Bank improves credit profile following $1.1b equity capital raise
The billion dollar capital raising will strengthen resilience against asset quality risks.
DBS denies interest in India’s IDBI Bank: report
This follows after reports said that DBS is mulling purchase of a stake in the bank.
APAC banks credit losses surge to $865m for through 2023: S&P
Credit losses will surpass $400b for 2022 and 2023, respectively.
Hong Leong Finance sees profits rise to S$45.1m in H1
It has also announced an interim dividend of S$0.0375 in its latest bourse filing.
HSBC appoints Shayan Hazir as Chief Digital Officer for ASEAN
The former GLMC head has over 18 years of bank leadership experience under HSBC.
ESG-linked sukuk issuance treads an upward path
Over $4.3b of ESG-linked sukuk was issued globally in Q2 2022.
Citi unveils Sustainable Time Deposit solution in APAC
It will fund environmental and social projects such as water and sanitation infrastructure.
DBS net profit down 3% in H1, but Q2 profits second-highest in history
The bank is expected to benefit from rising interest rates, says CEO Piyush Gupta.
Higher rates to raise Asian bank’s net interest margins, but risks may intensify
Asset quality will not significantly deteriorate, but banks face risks if US rate hikes are larger than expected.
OCBC net profit rose 7% to S$2.83b in H1
This was buoyed by higher net interest, although non-interest income fell during the period.
Boom or bust? Buy now pay later flourishes but with default risks rising
Rising rates and tightening policies hurt borrowers’ repayment capacities and push up operating costs.
HSBC to meet Hong Kong retail investors after spurning break up call
This comes a day after HSBC promised higher dividends.

Exclusives

Investment Banking Thailand plays catch up with global green finance goals
Banks are calling for legislators to impose carbon tax and a common taxonomy of goals.
Banking Technology Data is the bane and boon of addressing sustainable investment gap
Wielding this tool the right way is key to pushing and meeting ESG goals, says Experian’s Sisca Margaretta.
Retail Banking How Singapore banks are closing the gender gap
Most banks have already exceeded the 2021 regional average of 18.5% employed women per firm.
Small step for Green Link Digital Bank, large leap for Singapore MSMEs
Size does not matter for Singapore’s newest wholesale digital bank.
Cards & Payments SMEs embrace flexible payments as consumers seek digital options
This is accompanied by the rise of biometrics to safeguard accounts.
Banking Technology Why LINE Bank chose Indonesia as its third home
After successful launches in Thailand and Taiwan, LINE is going steady in Indonesia.
Cards & Payments Alternative payments dominate Asia as credit card use dwindles
BNPL may not be the plastic killer everyone touts it to be, but it's attracting underserved customers.

Join the Asian Banking & Finance community