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HSBC's trade finance network negotiates the global slowdown

James Emmett, global head of trade and receivables finance at HSBC, discusses his strategy for staying ahead in the transaction banking business. 

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity
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The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.

BNP helps breathe life back into Turkey
From Profiles / Deals

BNP Paribas makes a bold response to Turkish volatility

When fears over a Chinese slowdown and the US interest rate cycle coupled with domestic political uncertainty to hit the Turkish lira, BNP Paribas proposed a long-term bond to re-establish the sovereign's credentials.

Competition hotting up in resurgent Kuwaiti banking sector

Competition hotting up in resurgent Kuwaiti banking sector

With performance starting to pick up again in the Kuwaiti banking sector, and strong growth potential both in the domestic market and in neighbouring Iraq, the small country is finding itself the focus of a growing number of lenders, with competition among them growing fierce.

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Vatican bank looks to fix poor image
From World

Vatican bank looks to fix poor image

The Vatican has acknowledged that it needs to reform its bank, the Institute for the Works of Religion, but carrying out this task is not easy, given that the lender's image has been severely tarnished by a series of scandals.

Global Payments chief looks to stay ahead of the curve

Global Payments chief looks to stay ahead of the curve

Global Payments processes $1bn in card payments a day in countries all over the world. In a field of rapid innovation, what does chief executive Jeffrey Sloan see as the future of payments?

Scotiabank CEO sticking to growth plan
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Scotiabank CEO sticking to growth plan

Scotiabank intends to expand its domestic credit card business, despite record levels of household debt in Canada. It also wants to push retail operations in Latin America, a region where economic growth has been largely disappointing in recent years. Chief executive Brian Porter explains the rationale behind what may sound to some like a risky plan.

Will rate hikes stall high-yield bonds juggernaut?

The European high-yield bond market has come a long way from its infancy in the late 1990s to record issuance in 2012 and 2013. But with interest rates threatening to rise, can the market stay on track for another bumper year in 2014?

A Chinese foothold
From World

Foreign banks edging in on China's growth

Foreign banks currently account for less than 2% of the Chinese banking industry, but thanks to the country's vast retail market, growing asset management industry and M&A-hungry corporates, many global banks are positioning themselves to take a bigger share of the spoils.

Putting Iraq back on the banking map
From World

Putting Iraq back on the banking map

After years of neglect, the Iraqi banking sector offers promise once again. Mobile banking, trade finance and infrastructure financing opportunities are proving attractive to existing lenders and the wave of new entrants looking to break into the market. But, before the tide can finally turn, there are regulatory issues that need addressing.

Dos and don'ts of fraud
From Banking

Dos and don’ts of preventing fraud in a bank

The damage that a fraud investigation can wreak on a bank is already well documented, but what measures can banks take to protect themselves against such incidents and minimise the repercussions if a fraudster does slip through the net? 

New entrants drive Kazakhstan’s bid to consolidate
From World

New entrants drive Kazakhstan’s bid to consolidate

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund is in the process of extricating itself from banks it rescued during the crisis, but poor asset quality is posing a serious challenge to the new owners. 

No trading please, we’re brokers

No trading please, we’re brokers

Brokers are outsourcing their dealing desks to other sell-side firms. Dan Barnes investigates what is left of a broker that does not trade.

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity
From World

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.

Mohammad Al-Hashel

Kuwait's CBG pushes optimistically ahead

With the country's well-capitalised banking sector set to transition smoothly to Basel III standards and a positive macroeconomic outlook, central bank governor Mohammad Al-Hashel is able to concentrate on Kuwait's longer term prospects. He tells The Banker how he expects more growth in the Islamic banking sector and an increase in government spending, both of which will prove beneficial to the country's economy.

Portugal seeks to make a clean break

Portugal seeks to make a clean break

In the three years since its bail-out, Portugal has impressed many onlookers with its efforts to turn its economy around. Now it is on track to make a clean exit from its rescue programme in May, but the question is will the progress made over the past three years continue?

Kuwait's upgraded exchange gears up for more business

With a greatly increased technological capacity and a new external regulator increasing transparency, hopes are high that there will soon be a healthy pipeline of deals for the Kuwait Stock Exchange.

Kuwait looks to build on firm foundations

Kuwait looks to build on firm foundations

Steadily rising oil prices, a stable economy and the implementation of the National Development Plan are causing ripples of optimism in Kuwait, as the country looks to build on the slow progress it has been making in recent years.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan
From World / Africa / Nigeria

Nigeria: still on track?

Nigeria’s rapidly growing economy has increased its appeal to the world’s emerging market investors. But political tensions ahead of next year’s elections and failed reforms have exposed some glaring weaknesses.

Nigerian banks shrug off regulatory headaches

Nigeria’s banks may be suffering the impact of regulatory changes and monetary tightening, but the country’s robust growth and economic reforms are taking away the sting.

A new-look Portugal

A leaner look for Portugal's banks

Portugal's banks have undergone a radical transformation in the past few years, emerging from the country's economic crisis better capitalised, leaner and more efficient than ever. Profitability, however, is yet to recover. 

Will Kuwait dig deep to realise energy potential

Will Kuwait dig deep to realise energy potential?

Kuwait may lay claim to more than 5% of the world's total oil reserves, but without the expertise and equipment needed to tap into the bulk of this, and with strict rules prohibiting foreign help, the country is struggling to realise its energy potential.

From World / Africa / Nigeria

Nigeria’s bad bank: here to stay

Amcon, Nigeria’s resolution vehicle set up after its 2009 financial crisis, has made a lot of progress restructuring the billions of dollars of loans it holds. But its chief executive Mustafa Chike-Obi says its work will get harder and argues against calls for it to be wound down quickly.

Godwin Emefiele
From World / Africa / Nigeria

The tough act to follow at Nigeria's central bank

Investors in Nigeria were shocked when central bank governor Lamido Sanusi was suspended in February. His likely successor, Godwin Emefiele, is a very different character, but he will be keen to prove he is no less independent.

EBRD annual meeting and Ukraine crisis

 

  

The Banker's Brian Caplen and Philip Alexander talk about key issues to be discussed at this year's event in Poland in mid-May- View from EBRD 2014

 

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The top five banks in Japan

Top 5 banks in Japan

The Banker's top banks in Japan ranking shows that Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is the largest bank in the country by Tier 1 capital.

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Reg Rage

EC weighs in on interchange fee battle

Legal battles over MasterCard and Visa’s interchange fees have raged for years in various markets around the world, but now the European Commission is pushing ahead with legislation that will cap the level of the fees, which will have major repercussions for card-issuing banks and the payments market.

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