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APIs find an opening

August 1, 2017

Joy Macknight examines the reasons behind the rash of financial services firms launching – or in some cases relaunching – open application programming interface developer portals over the past two years.

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Top 50 Caricom Banks ranking: small lenders lead the growth story

August 1, 2017

While the Caribbean's largest banks have held steady in The Banker's Top 50 rankings, smaller banks further down the table have displayed the most impressive growth, writes Silvia Pavoni.

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ING’s disruptive model: interview with CEO Ralph Hamers

August 1, 2017

These days, Dutch giant ING sees itself less as a bank and more as a technology player. CEO Ralph Hamers talks to Brian Caplen about short-term losses versus long-term gains, and why its new role models are Amazon and Facebook.

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Islamic finance and the quest for common standards

August 1, 2017

While enjoying massive success, Islamic finance has developed in a piecemeal fashion, with many warning that global standardisation is needed if it is to avoid fragmentation and successfully push into frontier markets. James King reports.

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The Banker Technology Projects of the Year Awards 2017

August 1, 2017

Artificial intelligence was the hot topic in The Banker’s 2017 Technology Projects of the Year Awards, with other areas such as blockchain and mobile remaining highly contested. Each category, however, shows how innovative the financial sector has become, helped along the way by its engagement with the fintech community.

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BIL chief hails Luxembourg's fintech finesse

August 1, 2017

Hugues Delcourt, CEO of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg, the country's oldest private banking group, talks to Danielle Myles about the opportunities posed by the country’s fintech boom and what the arrival of Chinese banks means for the domestic market. 

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How the World Bank scored an SDG bond first

August 1, 2017

The World Bank’s green bond issuance recently passed the $10bn milestone. Treasury capital markets director George Richardson explains to David Wigan how it is now spearheading other sustainable instruments.

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Wirecard vice-president hails the power of paytech

August 1, 2017

The vice-president for financial institutions and fintech at Wirecard, Jack Harris, talks to Joy Macknight about the European payments giant’s strategy and its post-Brexit market position.

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Natixis CIB’s dual-control approach to business expansion

August 1, 2017

Natixis CIB’s co-chiefs, Marc Vincent and François Riahi, talk to Danielle Myles about the improving investment climate in France and the bank’s booming Asia-Pacific operations.

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Letshego chief aims to lead race for African financial inclusion

August 1, 2017

Botswana-based Letshego is using years of experience to fulfil its aim of reaching sub-Saharan Africa's unbanked population, as group managing director Chris Low tells James King.

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How White & Case is helping the Middle East to tap capital markets

August 1, 2017

Regulatory changes affecting the lending abilities of international banks, a reduction in government deposits, and still-low oil prices have seen many in the Middle East turn to the capital markets to raise funds. This plays into the hands of law firm White & Case, which has a long-standing presence in the region, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Top 1000 World Banks 2017

July 3, 2017

With capital levels now under control, The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks ranking shows that the global banking sector’s biggest problem is profitability. Emerging market lenders have proven resilient to the commodity crunch and their national crises, but their European rivals are struggling, and there is more than interest rates to blame. By Danielle Myles.

Italian banking with Carlo Messina, chief executive, Intesa Sanpaolo

Intesa’s CEO Carlo Messina discusses the benefits of taking over Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca and the future of Italian banking.

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Denmark’s battle with Basel

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Denmark’s biggest banks would be among the hardest bit by the Basel Committee’s proposed changes to risk-weighted asset calculations. Data collected by The Banker reveals their current capital buffers.

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Bringing ethics and transparency to the FX markets

The world’s leading central banks have decided to raise integrity and transparency levels in the vast foreign exchange markets with a new code of conduct. And given the current mood music around market conduct, it probably has a good chance of being adhered to despite its voluntary nature. By Justin Pugsley

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