Standard Chartered reports profit rise

The question now is whether the bank will use its cash reserves to acquire assets from its loss-making peers in the financial industry.

While other international financial institutions continue to report huge losses, Standard Chartered yesterday announced that its operating profits roseĀ 13% in 2008, to $4.5 billion. A strong focus on Asia is a major factor behind the good news.

Other key figures for the latest financial year include a 26% increase inĀ operating income to $13.9 billion, and a 19% gain in profit before tax to $4.8 billion. The normalised cost-to-income ratio was 56% in 2008, the same as...

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