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Friday's headlines, Financials edition

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As Southeast Asia central banks retreat, focus shifts to budgets - Bloomberg News
Bad debt worries cast a shadow on banks in Malaysia, Singapore - NewsRise
LOLC buys Pakistan microfinance bank
- The Sunday Times
Fintech at core of Grab's $700m investment plans in Indonesia - The Nikkei
Chinese directors to join PSX board by February 10 - The News International
US plans fresh push for talks on bilateral trade deal with Japan - Financial Times
India signs Financing Agreement with World Bank for $201.50 million - Asian News International


Hong Kong stocks hit one-week low before China markets reopen - NewsRise
HKMA warns investors to be ready for US interest rate rises this year - South China Morning Post
Loans to small and medium enterprises, credit-card spending increased last year - Taipei Times


BOJ on edge after Trump claims devaluation - The Nikkei
Nippon Life to raise annuity premiums - The Nikkei
Japanese regional banks to join yuan payment network - The Nikkei

Samsung Pay Mini to intensify online payment market - The Korea Herald
3.5m more low-income people eligible for govt.-backed loans - Yonhap News Agency
Authorities to crack down on audit info leaks - Yonhap News Agency
Anbang brings financial big wig to Allianz - The Korea Times


Thai Banks' Bad Loans to Decline as Economy Improves: Finmin - Reuters
Exim eyes overseas investors - Bangkok Post
CIMBT wary of mortgage NPLs - Bangkok Post
KAsset targets 11% gain in assets under management - Bangkok Post
Local banks have adequate buffers to withstand stresses in credit portfolio: MAS - The Business Times
China Bank to infuse additional capital into investment house - BusinessWorld
UnionBank expects boost from consumer lending - BusinessWorld


BSE to start trading on NSE from tomorrow - Press Trust of India
25 bps repo rate cut more likely in April than Feb: Citigroup - Press Trust of India
Budget impact: Cheap housing push to boost micro finance in sector - Business Standard
Airtel Payments Bank opens over 100,000 savings accounts in UP in 2 weeks - Business Standard
Government looks to raise Rs 11,000 crore from listing of insurers - Press Trust of India
Rs 10k cr 'highly insufficient' for recapitalising PSU banks: S&P - Press Trust of India
State Bank raises Rs589.7bln through MTBs - The News International


ANZ may sell partnership stakes in Asia, CEO says - The Nikkei
Kate Carnell urges pressure on banks to change - The Australian
NAB to refund $35m in advice fees - The Australian
Bankwest repays $5m for offset loan bungle - The Australian
ASIC builds case against directors of collapsed broker BBY - The Australian Financial Review
Reserve Bank publishes final outsourcing policy decisions - Scoop Media

The Daily Dose Asia-Pacific "Headlines" edition aggregates banking, financial services and insurance headlines from the websites of a limited number of major Asian and Australian publication titles and newswires, with an editorial deadline of 6 a.m. Hong Kong time. Language translations to English are provided by an automated service and may not be entirely accurate.