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Highs and lows in South Korea
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Highs and lows in the South Korean banking sector

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.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia's president looks to virtuous cycles of investment and growth

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.

Wells Fargo hones customer experience with technology

Wells Fargo hones customer experience with technology

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.

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Chris Larsen

Ripple Labs CEO looks to revolutionise online payments

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.  

Wells Fargo hones customer experience with technology

Wells Fargo hones customer experience with technology

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.

Investors flock to hybrid securities

Investors flock to hybrid securities

Investors hungry for higher yields have embraced hybrid securities, with hybrid issuance for both corporate and financial instruments increasing sharply in the past two years, despite the risks. 

Brazils banks hit the brakes
From World

Brazil's banks hit the brakes

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.

Latam trade finance
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Latam's trade finance path

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.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia's president looks to virtuous cycles of investment and growth

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.

Argentina and Venezuela scoop big profits

Top 200 Latin American banks: big size in Brazil, big profits in Argentina

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.

Highs and lows in South Korea
From World

Highs and lows in the South Korean banking sector

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.

Hussain Al Qemzi
From World

Noor CEO heralds an age of harmonisation

Hussain Al Qemzi, CEO of Noor Bank, discusses the long-term prospects for the Islamic banking sector, describing the valuable role it can play in promoting greater cross-border co-operation and operational harmonisation. 

Samuel Brew-Butler

A coming of age for African project finance: Ghana's KIPP development

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.

CFTC offers olive branch to Europe
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CFTC offers olive branch to Europe

The new commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has pledged to replace existing regulation with more cross-border friendly rules. Will it be enough to reverse the fragmentation of the global market? 

Constantin Niţă
From World

Romanian minister of economy seeing benefits of EU membership

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.

Icelands tale of two banking stories
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Iceland's tale of two banking stories

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.

Anson Chan

Why Hong Kong must fight for its democratic rights

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 retains competitive advantage
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Hong Kong retains competitive advantage

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 picks up
From World

Peru bounces back from 'tapering tantrum'

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.

The Fargo Way
From Banking

The Fargo Way: John Stumpf on Wells Fargo's team spirit

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.

Future of banking

 
 
The Banker's editor Brian Caplen talks to the FT's financial editor Patrick Jenkins about the challenges facing banks ahead of the FT Banking Summit in London on November 26  

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Top five banks in Latin America

Top 5 Latam banks

The Banker's top banks in Latin America ranking shows that Itaú Unibanco is the largest bank in the region by Tier 1 capital.

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Conduct risks become a prudential concern

Ever-growing penalties for misdemeanours ranging from Libor rigging to money laundering are starting to undermine bank capital ratio calculations.

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