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Transferring money across borders through traditional correspondent banking networks can be time consuming and expensive for both business and consumers. Chris Larsen, CEO of Ripple Labs, believes he has the solution in Ripple, his open-source payment and currency exchange system, which can integrate with banks’ existing networks.
With its own digital labs and an accelerator programme for financial technology start-ups, Wells Fargo is one bank that can boast it is keeping pace with technology trendsetters such as Google and Apple. Jane Cooper looks at how the bank is integrating new technologies to provide a seamless customer service experience.
Having revelled in the economic growth that characterised the past few years, Brazil's banks are now struggling to adapt to a less favourable environment. In response to stalling gross domestic product and disposable income growth, many lenders are curbing their lending, leaving gaps, particularly in the small and medium-sized enterprise segment, for other players to step in.
Trade finance is emerging as a key part of the Latin American banking business model and is bound to be a hot topic on the agenda at this year's Felaban annual meeting being held in Colombia in November. Ahead of this, The Banker speaks to experts about the challenges and opportunities that this growing business line is creating in the Latin American market.
Colombia stands on the brink of a peace deal with the FARC rebels, while its economy, buoyed by cycles of strong foreign investment levels and rising GDP growth, looks set to only get stronger. President Juan Manuel Santos tells Silvia Pavoni why the country's future looks brighter than ever.
This year’s Top 200 Latin American banks ranking sees Brazil’s behemoth banks reducing in size, while Argentine and Venezuelan lenders continue to show jaw-dropping profitability ratios.
South Korea's banks have enjoyed mixed fortunes in 2014, a year that has seen high-profile scandals rock the country's largest lenders and in which innovative hybrid funding has characterised a spirit of innovation and growth among the country's small and regional players.
Ghanaian independent power project sponsor Cenpower proved that African money can finance African private sector infrastructure initiatives by raising $900m in project finance to develop the Kpone Independent Power Plant.
Romania's minister of economy, Constantin Niţă, talks about the country's economic outlook, the impact of EU membership and the challenges posed by the crisis between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia.
Iceland's banking sector has recovered impressively from its 2008 collapse, and the banks formed from the ashes of that period are performing well. However, the clouds of the past still linger, and the winding-up processes of the failed Kaupthing, Glitnir and Landsbanki are still to be resolved.
Former chief secretary of Hong Kong, Anson Chan, tells Stefania Palma about the difficulties facing pan-democratic parties in Hong Kong, and defends the city-state's political protesters, saying that universal suffrage is long overdue.
Hong Kong’s banks are unfazed by the student protests that have captured the world’s attention. Bankers remain upbeat about prospects for the continuing internationalisation of the renminbi, the maturing dim sum market and Hong Kong’s inclusion in China’s growth plans.
Peru's stellar economic performance over the past decade hit a bump in 2013 as a result of the US quantitative easing programme. However, the country's central bank governor sees this as a temporary setback, and reports that the Peruvian economy is back on the track towards long-term growth.
Unassuming, self-deprecating, modest, team-oriented… John Stumpf is not your average bank CEO, but his methods are having a hugely positive impact upon Wells Fargo. Jane Cooper speaks to him at his San Francisco office.
Interview with Sergio Arana, chief executive, Iatai - View from Felaban 2014
|Silvia Pavoni, economics editor of The Banker, speaks with Sergio Arana, chief executive of Iatai, during the 2014 Felaban meeting held in Medellin, Colombia.|
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