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Keeping funds safe in a crisis

April 23, 2018

Ten years on from the financial crisis, investment managers and corporate treasurers are still haunted by the prospect of markets freezing and banks crashing. But, asks Brian Caplen, what happens if their funds are caught in the middle?

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Al Rayan unlocks UK sharia-compliant RMBS

April 3, 2018

When the UK’s Al Rayan Bank needed funding to sustain expansion, it was bound by sharia rules on interest. Its innovative solution was a residential mortgage-backed securitisation, which successfully attracted a mixture of investors, as David Wigan reports.

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The women behind JPMorgan’s EMEA transaction banking business

April 3, 2018

JPMorgan has long been committed to diversity in its workforce and its approach is yielding results. Joy Macknight talks to the women heading the US bank’s Europe, the Middle East and Africa treasury services business lines to gain insight into the drivers of change in the region. 

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First Abu Dhabi Bank corporate finance chief champions Middle East

April 3, 2018

Andy Cairns, First Abu Dhabi Bank’s head of global corporate finance, tells Danielle Myles what’s next for Middle Eastern Eurobonds, and how the bank is promoting the region to foreign investors.

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Is Sri Lanka latest to fall into a China debt trap?

April 3, 2018

Indebtedness to China has obliged Sri Lanka to hand over a major port to its financier. Is this an emerging pattern in Asia? Nikkei staff writer Yuji Kuronuma reports. 

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Kuwait CBG strikes liquidity gold

April 3, 2018

Mohammad Al-Hashel, governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait, tells James King how a focus on shoring up capital adequacy has enabled Kuwaiti banks to withstand the pressures of the low oil price environment.

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Top 100 CEE EU Banks ranking: Poland strengthens grip

April 3, 2018

Polish banks took up half of the top 10 places in The Banker's Top 100 CEE EU Banks ranking for 2018, while fortunes elsewhere in the region were mixed. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Top 100 Asean Banks: Indonesia on the rise

April 3, 2018

While Singapore’s largest banks still head The Banker’s Top 100 Asean ranking, Indonesian lenders have registered strong Tier 1 capital growth and Cambodia leads in pre-tax profits. Stefania Palma reports.

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Crypto mania: how central banks are responding to a new threat

April 3, 2018

Cryptocurrencies have been making the headlines in recent months as their values soar and crash. But what threat to they pose to national and global financial systems? Stefanie Linhardt talks to central bankers about their response.

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India’s finance minister bullish on affording expansionary budget

April 3, 2018

The finance minister of India, Arun Jaitley, tells Stefania Palma about the newly announced budget, as well as the state of the country’s banking sector following the alleged fraud at Punjab National Bank. 

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Russia or the EU: which path will Moldova choose?

April 3, 2018

Moldova is torn between historic links to Russia and a possible future as part of the EU. Whichever direction the country opts for, it must resolve issues with corruption and diversification before it can progress. Kit Gillet reports.

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Laos seeks to unlock its potential with Chinese rail project

April 3, 2018

Languishing down the development table, land-locked Laos is investing heavily in a joint venture to build a rail link between its capital and the Chinese border. Peter Janssen reports.

Tech Talk: interview with Christoph Rieche, iwoca

iwoca, which offers flexible credit to small businesses across Europe, was one of the first fintech start-ups to participate in The Banker’s Tech Talk video series. Joy Macknight welcomes Christoph Rieche, CEO and co-founder, back into the studio to see how the business has grown over the past two years.

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Banks count cost of capital markets compliance

April 23, 2018
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The world’s biggest banks collectively spend $37bn on capital markets compliance each year. Danielle Myles reports.

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Auditor questions ECB’s framework for identifying failing banks

Auditors claim the European Central Bank has a number of flaws in the way it identifies banks that are failing or likely to fail. Although these are unlikely to seriously hinder a resolution, there are questions to be answered. By Justin Pugsley.

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