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The 40% costs cut: why banks must face up to a tough future

July 26, 2016

Banks are under pressure from the prolonged low-interest-rate environment and increased regulatory pressures. For most Western lenders, the only solution going forward is to cut costs, but at a level that few will want to take on.

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Channelling growth in Pakistan's banking sector

July 1, 2016

Pakistan's big five banks have largely enjoyed a prosperous past 12 months. However, as Edward Russell-Walling discovers, lower interest rates, a lack of credit being extended to the private sector and the rise of Islamic finance are causing the banks to reassess their strategies. 

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Belgium deputy PM seeks to tackle tax and pensions issues

July 1, 2016

Kris Peeters, Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister of economy and employment, tells Courtney Fingar that the country's government is tackling crucial reforms to company tax and pensions.

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Top 1000 World Banks 2016

June 29, 2016

The 2016 Top 1000 results are indicative of the challenging environment banks found themselves operating in during 2015. Even the Chinese banking industry’s meteoric growth shows signs of slowing down for the first time in a decade.

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Will India Post bring a breakthrough in financial inclusion?

July 1, 2016

With a newly acquired banking licence and a vast national network, India Post has huge potential to boost financial inclusion in the country. However, as industry experts point out, much will rest on it getting the fundamentals – the technology, management and expertise – in place. Rekha Gupta Menon reports.

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US government acts to combat shell companies across states

July 1, 2016

With tax evasion, money laundering and finances for terrorism often concealed in offshore shell companies, the US is introducing rules to shine a light on the owners of these anonymous companies. But the government will not have an easy ride in bringing in the changes across all states, writes Jane Monahan. 

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Cybersecurity: work together and be vigilant

July 1, 2016

Cybercrime is not a new threat but the attacks and ‘precise targeting’ by fraudulent parties are becoming more sophisticated. Marcus Sehr, global head of client management and sales for institutional cash management at Deutsche Bank, highlights the seriousness of cyberfraud and the need to foster awareness, and outlines the steps the banking community should take to defend the financial system’s integrity.

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Otkritie FC Bank investment chief aims for further diversification

July 1, 2016

In two years, Otkritie FC Bank’s Konstantin Tserazov has transformed its investment business through a three-way split between its bond portfolio, repurchase agreements and derivatives. Now, he tells Stefanie Linhardt, he intends to diversify the Russia-focused bank even further.

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Malta prepares for starring role on European stage

July 1, 2016

Malta’s economy was the second fastest growing in the EU last year, its financial sector is healthy and diversified, and it is about to play a leading lead role in Brussels, writes Michael Imeson.

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Putting Pakistan’s economy on the map

July 1, 2016

Although Pakistan's economy has not met all government targets, its macro fundamentals are strong and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is generating a lot of optimism. Is this enough to attract more foreign direct investment into the country? Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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The Dubai International Financial Centre: forward on all fronts

July 1, 2016

The Dubai International Financial Centre has risen to become a major trade, investment and logistics hub over the past decade. However, as James King discovers, it is eyeing further growth through its strategy to become a leading global centre by 2024.

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Chinese banks make retail push

June 16, 2016

As China’s economy slows and corporate debt swells, the country’s banks are turning to retail as a new source of growth. Who is jumping on the bandwagon, and how will banks tap into China’s enormous mass market? Stefania Palma reports.

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New bill puts Romania’s mortgage lenders under pressure

July 20, 2016
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At the end of April, Romania’s parliament approved a bill allowing borrowers to walk away from their mortgage debts. The Banker looks at mortgage holdings of the largest banks in the country.  

Gerard Lyons on Brexit

 
The Banker's editor Brian Caplen talks to pro-Brexit economist Gerard Lyons.

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