Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Events

BS&R’s Country Analysis Unit (CAU) plays a key role in the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s focus on Asia and the Pacific Rim. CAU activities are designed to share information on issues and developments in Asian financial sectors with business and community leaders in the 12th Federal Reserve District and more broadly and support the Reserve Bank’s supervisory oversight of Asian foreign banking organizations operating in the U.S. Program events include conferences and seminars; engagement by BS&R staff with the financial and regulatory community through presentations, speeches, and training; written analyses and briefings; and publication of Asia Focus. Annually, CAU prepares a summary of activities and events throughout the year. For more information on these events, please contact Chris Sigur.

2015

Upcoming Events

June 15, 2015

After two decades of economic stagnation, Japan is in the process of reinvention amid ongoing economic reform and aggressive central bank easing. While the prospects of Prime Minister Abe’s reform program remain uncertain, Japan also faces demographic challenges of historic proportions. How can Japan’s private sector take the lead and fire a “fourth arrow” of economic reforms to spur growth?


Past Events

April 24, 2015

After two decades of slow recovery from crisis, Japanese banks have regained their position among the world’s most active financial players. From North America to Emerging Asia, Japanese firms have rapidly expanded their exposure, seeking greater yields and more attractive economic prospects. With greater exposure come greater risks and more complex corporate governance requirements. How are the Japanese banks currently positioned vis a vis peers, and what are their biggest challenges?

April 14, 2015

The discussion will focus on the contrasting paths that China and India have undertaken to develop their economies. The two large countries have sharply different political systems and demographics. Their progress has sometimes been compared with that of a hare (China) and a tortoise (India). Which is more durable? What obstacles do the two governments face to growth and economic stability?

February 4, 2015

Los Angeles – The sustainability of China’s economic growth has an inherent impact on global economic stability. At this event co-hosted with the Asia Society, the speakers will have a high-level discussion on macroeconomic trends and future prospects in China. They will address some provocative questions, such as: Can China propel itself beyond the middle-income trap? Will it allow market forces to centrally drive its money, people and markets? Can its leadership decisively wean the economy away from the old drivers of growth?

February 3, 2015

San Francisco – The sustainability of China’s economic growth has an inherent impact on global economic stability. At this event co-hosted with the Asia Society, the speakers will have a high-level discussion on macroeconomic trends and future prospects in China. They will address some provocative questions, such as: Can China propel itself beyond the middle-income trap? Will it allow market forces to centrally drive its money, people and markets? Can its leadership decisively wean the economy away from the old drivers of growth?

2014

November 14, 2014

According to China’s Digital Transformation, a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, the Internet is turning the Chinese economy on its head. Increasing use of digital technology is on track to facilitate as much as 22% of China’s total GDP growth through 2025, according to the report. Join the report’s principal author Jonathan Woetzel and a panel of leading analysts and business people, for a discussion of how Chinese companies are creating new markets in manufacturing, finance and e-commerce, and entering new sectors to compete head-to-head with advanced industrial economies.

October 16, 2014

China is changing dramatically, and quickly. So quickly, in fact, that much of what we think we know about the country may be wrong. Join us for this Asian Financial Forum presentation, Demystifying China, by Andy Rothman of Matthews International Capital Management. Andy challenges some common assumptions about China’s entrepreneurial spirit, its consumption-led growth, and the stability and growth in its property markets, and in its banking system. In addition to what he sees as the strengths of China’s growing economy, Andy will discuss some of remaining roadblocks to success.

January 22, 2014

The world’s second largest economy is at a crossroads. As China’s pace of economic growth slows, emerging risks suggest the need for structural changes in the economy and banking sectors. In 2013, the Chinese government unveiled an ambitious blueprint for reforms. Will China successfully overhaul its growth model to accomplish this agenda? What are some of the indicators to watch out for during this transition? Three experts from Fitch Ratings will share their insights on important issues such as sovereign risk, banking sector performance, and rising corporate leverage in China as we enter the New Year.

2013

September 19, 2013

Japanese banks, some of the largest in the world, are playing a critical role in the new “Abenomics” reform efforts of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What opportunities, both domestically and internationally, does this provide to the banks? What are the risks they face, not just in Japan but in the region, as structural and policy changes are also implemented in China, Korea, and throughout Asia? How are Japanese mega-banks faring in the global marketplace as regulatory reforms are instituted in the wake of the financial crisis?

September 10, 2013

Today, China is embarking on a complex development path, requiring hard decisions to sustain its growth and stability over the long term. In a conversation setting, Perry Wong, director of research at the Milken Institute and Cindy Li, country manager and analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will discuss what China’s “New Normal” would look like should the ongoing reform agenda be successfully carried out.

September 4, 2013

Today, China is embarking on a complex development path, requiring hard decisions to sustain its growth and stability over the long term. In a conversation setting, Perry Wong, director of research at the Milken Institute and Cindy Li, country manager and analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will discuss what China’s “New Normal” would look like should the ongoing reform agenda be successfully carried out.

August 13, 2013

Senior Examiner Christina Celi and Senior Analyst Anna Baram from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Capital Analysis Team held a discussion moderated by Foo Boon Ping, Managing Editor of The Asian Banker on the evolution of the U.S. Federal Reserve System’s stress test program since 2009, targets for the quality and level of capital needed by banks, the role of bank supervisors in setting those targets and requiring action to achieve them, and some of the high-level findings and “lessons learned” by the Federal Reserve in this ongoing supervisory process.

June 10 - June 11, 2013

The ongoing reform of banking and financial regulations remains a global concern given systemic weaknesses highlighted by the 2008 financial crisis. While these international regulatory standards impact global systemically-important financial institutions (G-SIFIs), regional and local issues must be taken into account during the implementation of the reform agenda.

May 9, 2013

Asia Financial Forum in San Francisco featuring Alexander Kinmont, Chief Executive Officer, Milestone Asset Management Co.

April 8, 2013

Asia Financial Forum in San Francisco featuring Frederic Lau, Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group China Ltd.

January 8 - January 9, 2013

Asia Financial Forum in San Francisco and Los Angeles featuring David Hale, Global Economist and Chairman, David Hale Global Economics, and Lyric Hughes Hale, Independent International Affairs Professional and Board Director, The Japan American Society of Chicago

2012

December 5 - December 6, 2012

Asia Financial Forum in Seattle and Los Angeles featuring David Loevinger, Managing Director, Emerging Markets Group, TCW.

November 2, 2012

Asia Financial Forum in San Francisco featuring Frederic Neumann, Co-Head Asian Economic Research, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.

June 11 - June 12, 2012

Conference on Asian Banking and Finance in San Francisco.

May 15, 2012

Asia Financial Forum in San Francisco featuring Teresa Kong, Portfolio Manager, Matthews International Capital Management, LLC.

March 26 - March 28, 2012

Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, spoke at Asia Financial Forum programs in three cities on his new book, Sustaining China’s Economic Growth After the Global Financial Crisis.