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  • October 2010

    October 2010

    The new face of DBSIn this issue we talk to the chief executive of DBS, Piyush Gupta, about his plans for building the Singaporean bank into a regional powerhouse. Gupta, who took on the role last November, aims to select niche areas, such as wealth management and servicing small and medium-sized...

  • September 2010

    September 2010

    Not so rich this yearThis monthÆs cover issue is on our annual rich list, or as we dubbed it this year, the not-so-rich list. We track familyÆs stock holdings in publicly listedcompanies, so the 2010 list is based on dividends paid out in 2009. That means this yearÆs list truly reflects the ...

  • August 2010

    August 2010

    Summertime bluesIf youÆre humped over your laptop and screaming down your iPhone from Saint-Tropez, weÆre not really feeling sorry for you here in Hong Kong. At least youÆre in the south of France, not in Black Rain central. It may be summer in most of Asia, but the deals, while not at 2007 ...

  • July 2010

    July 2010

    CongratulationsThis month we explain the rationale for our Country Awards for Achievement, which were initially announced on our website in May. These are never easy decisions. And IÆm never quite sure which is more impressive: winning an award for the first time, or retaining it year in and ...

  • June 2010

    June 2010

    How to become a BrazilianaireFinanceAsiaÆs cover story this month focuses on BrazilÆs thriving economy. It has become clear during the past few years that Asian liquidity û notably ChinaÆs û is increasingly being deployed abroad, everywhere from resource-rich African nations to Latin America, ...

  • May 2010

    May 2010

    When and how, not ifIn our cover story in this issue we address the question of when and how ChinaÆs renminbi will be revalued. To forecast that answer, listen to Wen Jiabao and Hu Jintao ù rather than looking for policy action from the PeopleÆs Bank of China. DonÆt expect a drastic one-off ...

  • April 2010

    April 2010

    EvolutionWelcome to our redesigned magazine. Aside from the obvious big branding change ù our masthead is black and white, in keeping with the revision on our website ù weÆve also refreshed the entire magazine. The aim was to make room for more feature stories. This month, we are chock-a-block ...

  • March 2010

    March 2010

    Moving money   This month's cover story focuses on one of the oldest banking operations in the world, hawala, which is an honour-based system of informal transfers of money through private operators. This historic banking process, mentioned in eighth century writings, can be useful for ...

  • February 2010

    February 2010

    It's good to be in Asia   Considering that the recent global economic downturn was nowhere near as severe in Asia as it was - and is - in other parts of the world, and given that the UK and US governments are doing their best to try to penalise big-bonus earners, and in particular ...

  • December 2009 / January 2010

    December 2009 / January 2010

    Touch wood   This past year is one to put behind us. While many ended 2009 with record deals, on the whole it was a rough and tumble ride where the unexpected was inevitably expected. Even those who dominated sectors û and won accolades from us in our 19 pages of write-ups for our ...

  • November 2009

    November 2009

    Masters of finance   As we narrowed down our top 50 list, several people asked me, "Do you regret introducing the FinanceAsia Club?" The fact that I paused, before answering, caused some to chuckle. Selecting 50 names wasn't easy. But it was worth it. Polling and interviewing our ...

  • October 2009

    October 2009

    The future is Mongolia   Mongolia is truly one of Asia's last frontiers. Rich with minerals, it is considered by many to be a promised land. But getting those resources out of the ground and then out of the country poses some significant challenges. Arguably, the most cumbersome ...

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