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Artificial intelligence needs a human touch

April 17, 2018

Banks' AI programmes are only as good as the data underlying them and the intelligence of the human beings doing the interpretation, writes Brian Caplen.

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Will the SoftBank rollercoaster ride stay on track?

April 3, 2018

Japan's SoftBank Group, fronted by Masayoshi Son, has a dizzying number of investments dotted all around the world. Where this will take the debt-laden company is the topic of much debate. Adrienne Klasa assesses the situation.

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Bangladesh finance minister looks to smaller, simpler sector

April 3, 2018

Bangladesh’s finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, talks to Stefania Palma about the local banking sector, the current account deficit and government revenue, ahead of stepping down at the end of 2018, after a decade at the ministry.

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How private equity is weaning Vietnam off SOEs

April 3, 2018

Private equity funds in Vietnam are proving themselves invaluable as more of the country’s state-owned enterprises are privatised. Peter Janssen reports.

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Russia or the EU: which path will Moldova choose?

April 3, 2018

Moldova is torn between historic links to Russia and a possible future as part of the EU. Whichever direction the country opts for, it must resolve issues with corruption and diversification before it can progress. Kit Gillet reports.

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Crypto mania: how central banks are responding to a new threat

April 3, 2018

Cryptocurrencies have been making the headlines in recent months as their values soar and crash. But what threat to they pose to national and global financial systems? Stefanie Linhardt talks to central bankers about their response.

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Top 100 CEE EU Banks ranking: Poland strengthens grip

April 3, 2018

Polish banks took up half of the top 10 places in The Banker's Top 100 CEE EU Banks ranking for 2018, while fortunes elsewhere in the region were mixed. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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India’s finance minister bullish on affording expansionary budget

April 3, 2018

The finance minister of India, Arun Jaitley, tells Stefania Palma about the newly announced budget, as well as the state of the country’s banking sector following the alleged fraud at Punjab National Bank. 

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Greece offers proof of NatWest Markets comeback

April 3, 2018

Greek banks have been regaining access to debt capital markets, a turnaround that has enabled NatWest Markets – RBS's renamed investment banking business – to show its mettle by acting as bookrunner in three major issuances out of the country, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Is Turkey's economy at risk of overheating?

April 3, 2018

Amid rumours that Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be bringing elections forward to mid-2018, observers fear a pumped-up ‘campaign economy’ will overheat. Tom Stevenson reports.

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Laos seeks to unlock its potential with Chinese rail project

April 3, 2018

Languishing down the development table, land-locked Laos is investing heavily in a joint venture to build a rail link between its capital and the Chinese border. Peter Janssen reports.

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Top 100 Asean Banks: Indonesia on the rise

April 3, 2018

While Singapore’s largest banks still head The Banker’s Top 100 Asean ranking, Indonesian lenders have registered strong Tier 1 capital growth and Cambodia leads in pre-tax profits. Stefania Palma reports.

Tech Talk: interview with Paolo Malaguti, Credit-Vision

Paolo Malaguti, CEO, Credit-Vision, a financial data platform for corporate credit analytics, talks to Joy Macknight about trends in the private debt market and how the start-up is generating actionable insights for investors.

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Germany, Ireland winning race for UK Brexit business

April 17, 2018
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Research on UK firms’ plans to maintain access to the EU single market reveals that Frankfurt and Dublin are set to benefit. Danielle Myles reports.

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Auditor questions ECB’s framework for identifying failing banks

Auditors claim the European Central Bank has a number of flaws in the way it identifies banks that are failing or likely to fail. Although these are unlikely to seriously hinder a resolution, there are questions to be answered. By Justin Pugsley.

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