Speaking in a pre-close trading update, Mr Sands told shareholders: "Economic conditions continue to improve across our geographies and business activity levels are increasing, although recent market volatility has had some impact on sentiment."
He added that the firm is still performing well and maintaining its market share, helped by a process of remaining focused on "the basics of good banking".
These include keeping a close eye on capital, liquidity, costs and risk, Mr Sands explained.
Earlier this month, Standard Chartered signed a memorandum of understanding with the Agricultural Bank of China.
The link-up will see a joint co-operation committee formed by both banks in order to drive a strategic partnership so both organisations can make the most out of shared business opportunities.
By Asim Shah