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When small business goes global

June 20, 2017

With Amazon lending $1bn over the past 12 months to sellers on its platform, banks need to overhaul their SME and trade finance operations or face losing the business, writes Brian Caplen.

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Tripartite Free Trade Area plods along slowly in Africa

June 1, 2017

Africa’s Tripartite Free Trade Area would reduce regional tariffs and create a pan-African single market, to aid development and cash in on a growing middle class in the continent. But with member countries often belonging to multiple economic areas, progress is both complex and slow, as Kit Gillet reports.

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Japan takes a radical approach to spark economic revival

June 1, 2017

Negative inflation, stagnant wage growth and an ageing population are forcing Japanese policy-makers to take innovative and, some would say, counterproductive measures to revive the economy. Stefania Palma reports.

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How the ESM fights fires in the eurozone

June 1, 2017

As managing director of the European Stability Mechanism, Klaus Regling has overseen the bulk of financial assistance provided to ailing eurozone countries throughout the sovereign debt crisis. He talks to Danielle Myles about Greece, the health of the EU’s banking sector and the future of the monetary union.

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Home or away? Qatari banks look to build on their success

June 1, 2017

Low oil prices have dented Qatar's economic success story of late but its banks are thriving. Some are looking to domestic consolidation for the next phase of  growth, others to foreign acquisitions, while a deal that will create the region’s biggest Islamic bank is in the pipeline. Kit Gillet reports. 

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Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2017

June 1, 2017

The meteoric rise of the Islamic finance industry in recent years has slowed of late, but taken as a whole its growth still outscores that of its conventional counterpart. The Banker recognises the leading Islamic institutions of the past 12 months, each of which has shown innovation and growth in a maturing market. 

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Leaving London? Charting Europe’s business landscape

June 1, 2017

The UK’s departure from the EU looks set to leave London a less attractive European base for some companies. Stefanie Linhardt examines the reasons to relocate – and the reasons to stay put.

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Latam catches tailwind with dollar offering

June 1, 2017

Created in 2012, Latam has become Latin America’s leading airlines group. Efforts to manage its debt suffered a false start in 2016 but, as David Wigan reports, earlier this year its bond offering took off.

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Benin designs a digital future

June 1, 2017

In December 2016, Benin announced its economic transformation plan, including 45 flagship projects addressing the major components of the west African country's economy. Six of the projects are specifically focused on constructing a digital economy. Serge Adjovi, director of Benin’s Digital Economy Agency, speaks to Joy Macknight about the laying the foundations for progress.

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HSBC debt capital market chiefs cast their net wide

June 1, 2017

HSBC co-heads of debt capital markets Alexi Chan and Jean-Marc Mercier talk to Danielle Myles about successfully deepening the bank’s Asia presence, tapping into China’s panda market, and why the US is its next growth target. 

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ESMA chair's pursuit of a better single market

June 1, 2017

Steven Maijoor, the chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority, talks to Danielle Myles about preventing a post-Brexit regulatory race to the bottom, overhauling the equivalence regime, and the importance of supervisory convergence in building a capital markets union. 

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Fintech focus and international expansion bring boost to Japan's mega-banks

June 1, 2017

The central bank’s negative interest rate regime has hit Japan’s banking sector hard. But three local mega-institutions have shown resilience, both at home – partly through fintech investments – and abroad – by aggressive international expansion. Stefania Palma reports.

Sao Paulo's 7bn reais sell-off

The Banker's Silvia Pavoni asks Joao Doria, mayor of Sao Paulo, about his 7bn reais ($2bn) privatisation plan for the city, his outlook for Brazil and his presidential ambitions during Brasil Investment Forum, Sao Paulo, 30th - 31st May.

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How will First Abu Dhabi Bank reshape the Middle East?

June 1, 2017
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The merger of National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank has created the Middle East’s second largest lender. Danielle Myles looks at what each brings to the combined entity, and how this changes the regional banking landscape.

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Brexit sparks race to the bottom among London’s rivals

Some EU financial centres have been accused of bidding too aggressively to host financial firms relocating from London, revealing flaws in the EU’s regulatory architecture that its authorities are seeking to fix. By Justin Pugsley.

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