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Three forex giants hold sway

A recent study on the role of Cambodia’s moneychangers found that three private forex traders control two-thirds of the total demand for riel currency and exert more influence on foreign currency exchange rates than the central bank, raising the possibility of collusion in fixing rates. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/three-forex-giants-hold-sway

National Bank to begin LPCO

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) will unveil its initial rates that banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) will be able to use, as the NBC begins its liquidity-providing collateralized operation (LPCO) to boost the country’s riel liquidity, according to a senior bank official. ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30852/national-bank-to-begin-lpco/

Deposits and loans increase

Deposit and loans at major commercial banks have continued to climb over the first half of this year, industry officials say. Grant Knuckey, chief executive officer of ANZ Royal Bank, said yesterday that ANZ continues to see strong growth in trade finance led by the agricultural ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/deposits-and-loans-increase

Japanese Mizuho Bank looks into Cambodian financial sector

Mizuho Bank, one of Japan’s largest banks, opened a representative office here Monday thanks to increasing interest in Cambodia by Japanese investors, a bank official said. To date, Cambodia has five foreign banks’ representative offices, 34 commercial banks, seven specialized banks and 37 microfinance institutions, ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-07/08/c_132522621.htm

PM Defends Interest Rates

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday lashed out at the opposition party’s concerns over the interest rates charged by commercial banks to farmers. SRP lawmaker Yim Sovann said commercial banks in Cambodia charge customers very high interest rates, and said it is much higher than in other ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013051665645/Business/pm-defends-interest-rates.html

When Is Credit Growth Too Fast and How To Deal With It?

Cambodia’s financial system appears to be shifting to excessive credit growth. The credit-to-GDP ratio has reached 37 percent, well above the low-income economies (LTCs). If credit growth were to continue at the current pace, by mid-2013 the ratio would exceed even the median for more ...

http://www.cambizreview.com

Striving to make finance accessible

Access to finance could reduce violence, empower the most vulnerable in society and improve the livelihoods of Cambodia’s poorest people, a conference on community-led funding heard on Wednesday. Sarah Sitts, country manager of the international NGO Pact, introduced the funding model of savings-led micro-finance (SLMF). In ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013032964776/Business/striving-to-make-finance-accessible.html

Cambodia’s Economic Growth Will Help Poverty Reduction

Cambodia economic growth was 7.3 percent in 2012. Agriculture grew by 4.3 percent, crops by 4.9 percent, fisheries by 6.7 percent, industry by 9.2 percent, garment [sector] by 6.9 percent and the service industry by 8.1 percent, said Dr Hang Chuon Naron, Secretary of State ...

http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/

National Bank of Cambodia Reports Lending Surge in 2012

Lending by commercial banks in Cambodia grew by more than one-third last year, according to figures provided by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) yesterday. Banks lent out a total of $5.89 billion in 2012, compared with $4.39 billion in 2011, NBC figures show, meaning ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/national-bank-of-cambodia-reports-lending-surge-in-2012-11368/

Cambodia's banking industry sees robust growth in 2012

Cambodia’s banking sector has maintained strong and steady growth in terms of loans and deposits in 2012 thanks to better economic performance, a central bank’s senior official said Tuesday. “Our banking system remains robust this year despite economic crisis in Europe and economic slowdown in the ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2012-12/25/c_132062871.htm

Microfinance deal applauded

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and a microfinance industry insider applauded one of Cambodia’s top 10 MFIs Sathapana Limited, for changing the majority shareholder to a commercial bank. They said it proves a positive and strong funding source is essential for MFIs to peruse their ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012110659588/Business/the-national-bank-of-cambodia-hails-a-top-local-firm.html

China's ICBC offers RMB transfers

A new banking settlements system called CHANCES, dealing exclusively in the Chinese currency renminbi (RMB), aims to make trade between China and the ASEAN countries easier and less expensive. Owned and operated by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the CHANCES system stands for ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102359361/Business/industrial-and-commercial-bank-of-china-offers-rmb-transfers.html

Reserve rate doesn't worry local banks

Bankers have raised no concerns over the National Bank of Cambodia’s increase to the reserve requirement rate in order to maintain the stabilization of cash flow and inflation during a time of global financial difficulty. The increase, from 12 to 12.5 per cent, issued late last month, was ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102359366/Business/reserve-rate-doesnt-worry-local-banks.html

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