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Why banks must take the long view

June 19, 2018

Trying to figure out how to position your bank in a world that is in the midst of huge upheaval is a difficult task. Sometimes it helps to look both a long way back and a long way forward to gain perspective on what to do today, writes Brian Caplen.

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Riding the real-time payments wave

June 1, 2018

While 2017 is widely recognised as the year real-time payments took a qualitative leap forward, 2018 is predicted to be one of transformative change, as innovative services built on top of the new rails come to market. Joy Macknight reports.

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Société Générale sets an African standard with Côte d’Ivoire issue

June 1, 2018

When Côte d’Ivoire was planning its record-breaking euro-denominated bond issue earlier in 2018, it turned to Société Générale’s emerging markets team as co-bookrunner. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Basel requirements create development conundrum

May 18, 2018

Global regulations are making it harder for banks to lend for much-needed infrastructure projects in the developing world even as governments globally are advocating for private finance to get more involved. Adrienne Klasa looks at possible solutions.

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Finance minister looks to safety in diversity for Kazakhstan economy

May 19, 2018

The 2014 oil price drop saw Kazakhstan go from stellar success story to global underperformer. Bakhyt Sultanov, the country's deputy prime minister and minister of finance, talks to Adrienne Klasa about its comeback strategy, which includes major infrastructure investment and positioning itself as a regional trade hub. 

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Lebanon's economy remains on a knife-edge

June 1, 2018

Lebanon's economy has been underperforming in recent years, hit by political uncertainty and fears over the conflict in Syria. However, an injection of finance from a group of international donors, combined with excitement over oil and gas discoveries, provide some cause for optimism. James King reports.

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Equality means profits: closing the gender gap

June 1, 2018

After influential campaigns, investor pressure and research pointing to higher returns by more gender-balanced firms, why are banks still male? Silvia Pavoni investigates.

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Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2018

June 1, 2018

Islamic finance underwent something of a revival in 2018 after a handful of slow years, and this return to growth is reflected in The Banker’s 2018 Islamic Bank of the Year Awards, which rewards the leaders in a field that is enjoying impressive net profits and returns on equity.  

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Economic Development Board chief eyes fintech model for Bahrain

June 1, 2018

Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, talks to James King about moving the country's economy away from oil, leveraging its financial hub credentials to attract fintechs and how Amazon gave it a vote of confidence by locating its first regional data centre there.

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Who will survive Latin America's ‘year of political risk’?

June 1, 2018

Regional experts participating in The Banker’s virtual roundtable discuss the Latin American central banks that have impressed them, the countries that are at higher currency risk, and the possible impact on the region of elections in Mexico and Brazil. Edited by Silvia Pavoni.

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Banks wait on Myanmar reforms

June 1, 2018

Stung by a financial crisis in 2003, Myanmar has since taken a strict line on fiscal prudence but now observers fear this is curbing growth. Banks, both domestic and foreign, are lobbying for reforms to relax the rules on lending, as Peter Janssen reports.

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SocGen’s UK innovation lead looks to clients and fintechs for inspiration

June 1, 2018

Société Générale’s head of innovation for the UK, Anthony Woolley, talks to Joy Macknight about accelerating the French bank’s digital transformation through an open innovation strategy inside and outside the organisation. 

Tech Talk: interview with Jing-Han Ong, CrowdEmotion

Jing-Han Ong, commercial lead, CrowdEmotion, an emotion-inspired artificial intelligence company, explains to Joy Macknight how the start-up is using smart devices to capture and index engagement, emotions and body language.

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US leapfrogs Europe in race to digitise

June 1, 2018
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Nearly 70% of personal banking products in North America, Europe and Australia can be applied for online. The US was a slow starter, but as Danielle Myles discovers, it is making up for lost time.

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The ever-rising cost of global regulatory fragmentation

According to a recent study, diverging regulatory frameworks across the world are costing financial institutions $780bn a year – and the bad news is this could get worse. By Justin Pugsley.

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