Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Limited (SGX: O39) is one of Southeast Asia’s largest banks with total assets of nearly S$400 billion at the moment. It is also one of the largest stocks in Singapore’s market with its market capitalisation of S$35.9 billion.
First, banks have partially withdrawn from the mortgage game after facing swathes of new rules and $110 billion of fines for misconduct. They still own mortgage-backed bonds and they still make home loans to wealthy folk, which they keep on their balance-sheets.
Much of the world, especially the advanced economies, has been mired in a pattern of slow and declining GDP growth in recent years, causing many to wonder whether this is becoming a semi-permanent condition – so-called “secular stagnation.”
On Friday Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen presented the opening remarks for the Kansas City Fed’s prestigious annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She took the opportunity to outline what she sees as a strengthening argument in favor of tightening monetary policy.
This week, we ponder the need for disruption at the Fed and the rise of robot tellers in the land down under. The Israeli start-up scene, Berlin’s fintech rise, Ripple’s dis of banks’ digital coin plans and a look at LendUp are also on our radar.
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