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From Independence To Interdependence: China, Hong Kong, And Singapore Majors Lead Asia-Pacific Banks? Charge For Offshore Growth Jul 12

  • ID: 2206152
  • July 2012
  • Region: China, Hong Kong, Singapore
  • Standard & Poors
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Abstract
Slower markets at home are spurring Asia-Pacific banks to look abroad to boost growth. Major banks in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Japan are seeking higher yields and growth opportunities in cross-border loans, mainly within Asia. Even China's major banks--which enjoy relatively high margins at home--have increased their appetite for overseas exposure to diversify their revenue and deliver better services to clients. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services expects this trend to continue for at least several years, even if the speed and degree of diversification differs by country and bank. (Watch the related CreditMatters TV segment titled "Large Banks In Asia-Pacific Expanding Cross-Border To Boost Growth," dated July 31, 2012.) Although higher credit and operational risks threaten to counter...

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