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Consolidation expected in banking industry as competition heats up

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) believes that allowing foreign banks into the retail-banking sector will drive consolidation in the local banking industry and make available a larger pool of funds for growth. “Inevitably, foreign banks will win market share from local banks and we see more mergers of local banks in response to a […]

Central Bank permits loans without collateral at 16pc interest rate

Myanmar banks have been permitted to extend loans without the need for collateral at a maximum lending rate of 16 percent, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) announced in a directive issued yesterday. The measures will take effect on February 1. Banks will be permitted to charge up to 16pc to loan money if borrowers […]

MAB launches wealth banking service as competition rises

Myanmar Apex Bank (MAB) has launched a special wealth banking and rewards programme – MAB Gold Wealth Banking – for high net worth individuals in Myanmar. For now, the platform is targeting those who have the cash to place a minimum fixed deposit of K300 million as potential clients. Interest rates for fixed deposits are […]

Foreign banks allowed to set foreign currency loan interest rate

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) said foreign banks are free to set their own interest rate as long as those loans are in foreign currencies. Foreign banks with branches in the country are now allowed to do wholesale banking services and other financial services, according to the latest Directive issued by the CBM last […]

Banks receive boost as Myanmar urges citizens to beef up savings

The number of adults who save via banks is at a measly 11%. Banks in Myanmar can start looking forward to a larger liquidity pool as the country drafts a National Savings Mobilisation Strategy to encourage its citizens to save more, reports The Myanmar Times. “Despite rising volume of savings at local banks, more is […]

Falling kyat may put pressure on foreign debt

The falling value of the Myanmar kyat versus the US dollar could make repaying external debt harder for the government in the coming fiscal year. In 2018-19, it is expected to repay K877 billion out of the $9 billion Myanmar owes to foreign creditors, according to the budget submitted for the period. That amount may […]

CBM permits trading of dollar swaps, says local banks reason for kyat drop

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) will this week launch a new currency swap facility in efforts to stabilise the value of the Myanmar kyat, U Bo Bo Nge, deputy governor of CBM, told The Myanmar Times on August 19. The move follows a 6 percent deprecation in the value of the Myanmar kyat versus […]

Traders expect better business on wider trade financing options

Now that the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has allowed a total of seven foreign banks to provide trade financing services in Myanmar, traders are anticipating much better business in the months ahead. Last December, the CBM permitted 13 foreign banks to apply for approval to offer trade financing services in the country. Since then, […]

Fighting against potential financial risks

Reading through the 7/2017 directive by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) on the implementation of the Asset Classification and Provisioning Regulation, the words and phrases that captured my attention were: “cash flow pattern of the borrower”, “credit risk analysis” and “term loans with up to a maximum maturity of three years.” These technical terms […]

Regulatory roadmap needed for banking sector reform

Myanmar needs to establish a regulatory roadmap for the banking sector. This will give the local banks more clarity on the progress and timing of upcoming regulations, allowing them to gear up for further reform and growth. “Carrying out regulatory reform at an unmeasured pace can cause trouble,” said Azeem Azimuddin, CFO of Ayeyarwady Bank, […]