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Will Brexit be good or bad for Switzerland?

September 13, 2016

Switzerland's relationship with the EU has been strained at times, but could the terms the UK arranges as it prepares to leave he union provide a boost for Swiss banks? Brian Caplen thinks it might.

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Middle East sovereigns opt for Eurobonds to stem deficit drain

September 1, 2016

Two years of low oil prices are draining the ample state coffers of the Gulf's hydrocarbon exporters. The region's finances have been affected and sovereigns are now piling into the international bond market to plug budget deficits. Tom Stevenson reports.

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Beyond the bad news: Mozambique maintains investment pull

September 1, 2016

A series of worrying headlines regarding Mozambique's bond activity and overall economic performance do not portray a country ripe for investment, but factors such as a huge natural gas discovery mean the mood within Maputo and beyond is one of optimism. James King reports.

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Hannam & Partners digs deep with Kenmare deal

September 1, 2016

Faced with a plummeting share price as the commodities slump set in, Kenmare Resources called in some proven experts for a daring $275m restructuring project. Edward Russell-Walling looks at what happened next.

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Saudi banks' growth hit by liquidity squeeze

September 1, 2016

Liquidity in the Saudi Arabian banking sector has tightened, but there is no cause for concern just yet, reports Kit Gillet. However, the central bank is introducing measures to ease the pressure and boost lending.

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How Switzerland's financial sector copes outside the EU single market

September 1, 2016

Switzerland’s rise as a European financial centre has followed an unorthodox path. Danielle Myles looks at the various ways its banks access the EU market, why the model is under threat, and how the Swiss plans to exploit Brexit.

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Transaction Banking Awards 2016

September 1, 2016

The year 2016 will become known as the year virtual accounts matured.

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Is the Gulf banking sector set for a wave of consolidation?

September 1, 2016

The merger between National Bank of Abu Dhabi and FGB could well trigger a series of consolidatory moves across the Gulf's banking sector. But will this lead to the emergence of a handful of regional powerhouses? Kit Gillet assesses the situation.

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Hard-pressed Russian banks eye M&A route to survival

September 1, 2016

A sluggish economy, high interest rates and greater scrutiny are hitting Russia's banks, especially smaller institutions, with some opting for consolidation as a way to survive, as Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Are e-payments about to take off in Latin America?

September 1, 2016

A mismatch of networks and uneven regulation makes Latin America a frustrating market for digital payments providers, drawn to its huge population and growing mobile penetration. But with great challenges come rich opportunities, writes Silvia Pavoni.

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The irresistible rise of Chinese fintech

September 1, 2016

China's fintech industry has grown at a rapid pace, in some cases leaving established tech giants of the West behind. Having cracked the domestic banking market, top Chinese fintech firms are already eyeing insurance and looking beyond the country's borders to continue their rapid ascent. Stefania Palma reports.

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Why are there so few women in fintech?

August 24, 2016

Fintech is all about disrupting, modernising and democratising financial services, yet when it comes to gender it is performing worse than the ‘old-fashioned’ banks. Silvia Pavoni looks into the reasons why.

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The Banker's editor Brian Caplen talks to Swift CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt about how correspondent banking is responding to regulation, low interest rates and the fintech challenge.

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France’s biggest five lenders

September 19, 2016

Paris has been unapologetic about its desire to lure London bankers after Brexit. Danielle Myles looks at the home-grown lenders best-placed to benefit.

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