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Ashraf Salman

Reform agenda marks start of a new era for Egypt

The election of a new government has helped turn around Egypt's economic fortunes and, according to the country's minister of investment, Ashraf Salman, further reforms will see the country's investment environment become even more attractive. 

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Time for shareholders to join bankers' pay debate

Regulators are fretting over the structure of bankers' pay; shareholders should be more worried about the size of it.

Bracken

Why better models do not always lead to better decisions

Executives who live with uncertainty should resist the fallacy of arithmetic precision when making investment decisions, says Georgios Samakovitis of the University of Greenwich.

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Bob Diamond

Bob Diamond's African journey

Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond wants to shake-up African banking and his investment vehicle Atlas Mara has already bought three banks. Brian Caplen assesses his efforts so far based on an interview at the recent FT Banking Summit in London.

Pier Carlo Padoan

How integration can help tackle deflation

With the eurozone flirting with deflation, solutions to this problem are urgently needed. One of them – the integration of markets and institutions – offers hope, according to Italy's minister of economy and finance, Pier Carlo Padoan.

Fighting a common threat

Regulators and banks unite to fight common cyber crime threat

Regulators are playing an important role in how banks guard against cyber risks, but their emphasis is very much on guidance and co-operation rather than rules and coercion.

Jeff Jaffe

Now is the time for web payment standards

The rise of e-commerce, and more recently digital wallets, has been a fragmented affair, meaning there is little standardisation across the e-payments industry. This is something that needs addressing, says Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium, and there is no time to lose.

Rimantas Šadžius

Lithuania prepares for life in the eurozone

From dealing with the knock-on effects of the US and EU sanctions on Russia to preparing for the adoption of the euro, Lithuania's finance minister Rimantas Šadžius has been kept busy this year. But, despite the headwinds, Lithuania has managed to record one of the highest GDP growth rates in Europe.

Riad Salameh

Lebanon's resilience will see it through instability

Political instability is keeping Lebanon from achieving its potential, according to central bank governor Riad Salameh, who is targeting three major sectors as engines of economic growth. 

David H Autor

Polanyi’s paradox and the shape of employment growth

Are robots going to render the human worker obsolete? These claims are inaccurate and misleading, says MIT economics professor David H Autor, as the role of the computer will typically be to complement, not compete with, the human touch.

James A Robinson

A world of failures? The inclusive route to prosperity

'Failure' has been a common theme of the introspective assessments made in the banking sector and of economies more generally since the onset of the global financial crisis. The authors of Why Nations Fail examine the differences between those countries that sink and those that swim.

Takehiko Nakao

Liveable, clean, green and resilient: reshaping Asia’s booming cities

Better urban planning, being cleaner, greener and more resilient, and sourcing more innovative financing are needed if Asia's cities are to cope with and benefit from a rapid phase of urbanisation, says the Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao.

The Islamic microfinance challenge

The Islamic microfinance challenge

That there is a need for microfinance in predominantly Islamic countries is taken as a given by most, yet providing sharia-compliant microfinance seems to be beyond many financial institutions. So what can be done? James King investigates.

Silver service

Silver service: how to cope with the financial demands of an ageing population

As the world’s population ages, the challenges for wealth managers, economists and governments are significant if countries are to maintain productivity and generate growth. 

Asean crossed paths

The Asean Economic Community's many layers

Progress towards the integration of the economic community of the Association of South-east Asian Nations in 2015 has been impressive, but challenges remain as member countries attempt to bring together very different values. 

Joaquim Levy

Why Brazil is still a land of global opportunity

Brazil is still a land rich with opportunity, as its educated workforce, sophisticated capital markets, ever-growing private companies and large infrastructural needs show, writes the country's new finance minister, Joaquim Levy.

Abdalla Salem El-Badri

Looking at the bigger energy security picture

A holistic view and a coordinated approach: both are needed with regards to the global energy security situation if future demand is to be met, says OPEC secretary-general Abdalla Salem El-Badri.

Shocks and trends: the Swiss franc, oil prices and the Eurozone

 
 
Credit Suisse's Michael O'Sullivan talks to Silvia Pavoni about a sky-high Swiss franc, the European Central Bank's quantitative easing and the failings of OPEC.  

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The changing face of global systemic banks

A third Chinese bank has joined the Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, but business models among the group are very different.

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Is TLAC an Anglo-Saxon conspiracy?

The Financial Stability Board’s proposal for bail-in debt appears ill-suited to continental European banking group structures.

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