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Nepal’s central bank chief seeks more stability and fewer banks

December 1, 2017

Nepal is grappling with interest rate and liquidity volatility as well as a relatively large banking sector that has 28 commercial banks. Chiranjibi Nepal, governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, tells Stefania Palma how the central bank is addressing these issues.

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What now for Puerto Rico?

December 1, 2017

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from high debt levels, creaking infrastructure and a dwindling workforce. Now there is a risk the US territory’s woes will become entrenched, and that the banks present on the islands will decide to cut their losses. Jane Monahan reports.

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The Banker's Bank of the Year Awards 2017

November 30, 2017

In order to find success in the Bank of the Year awards, banks need to demonstrate not only resilience in their balance sheet and finances, but also trail-blazing achievements in areas such as overall strategy, success in multi-channel banking and financial inclusion. This year, we made awards in 141 countries. The global and regional winners are profiled here.

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Italy's Snam closes book on busy 2017

December 1, 2017

Italian energy company Snam demerged from Italgas in 2016, and since then has pulled off several deals to reduce its debt financing costs, ultimately leading to a rating upgrade. David Wigan reports.

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Another fine mess? How penalties are calculated

December 1, 2017

Banks and commentators have often been left stumped by the processes used to calculate multi-billion-dollar fines levied by regulators in recent years. Danielle Myles looks at how penalties are determined by different authorities around the world.

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Top 100 CIS Banks ranking: a partial comeback

December 1, 2017

Putting currency instability and low oil prices behind them, banks in the Commonwealth of Independent States had a healthier year in 2016. Andrew MacDowall reports.

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Nepal’s banks hope for stability as elections loom

December 1, 2017

Nepal’s banks have survived two years of upheaval, contending with violent earthquakes and India’s border blockade. Today, the sector hopes to address more systemic issues such as overbanking, political instability and cyber security threats. Stefania Palma reports.

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Yes Bank maps out path to digital nirvana

December 1, 2017

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a “digital India” has spurred on the banking industry’s digital transformation in the country. Joy Macknight speaks to chief information officer Anup Purohit about how Yes Bank is futureproofing its business.

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How can emerging markets be brought up to speed?

December 1, 2017

Why are capital markets in developing countries so far behind those of their more developed neighbours? The Banker spoke to experts at an International Finance Corporation conference to discuss strategies for getting things moving. Edited by Silvia Pavoni.

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Nigeria edges closer to Islamic banking goal

December 1, 2017

Now that important issuance and regulation milestones have been passed, Nigeria is well placed to succeed in its aim to become Africa’s Islamic banking hub. Kit Gillet reports.

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Fintech and Islamic finance: a mutually beneficial match?

December 1, 2017

As sharia-compliant finance grows and institutions embrace mobile and internet banking, observers believe the opportunities offered by Islamic fintech will become irresistible to the sector – despite its lack of global standards. Kit Gillet reports.

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SBI looks to find the perfect balance

December 1, 2017

Under new chairman Rajnish Kumar, State Bank of India hopes to adjust the work-life balance so staff are in shape to help bring down bank's cost-to-income ratio. Brian Caplen reports.

Highlights - Bank of the Year Awards 2017

Silvia Pavoni, economics editor and Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker, discuss the winners and highlights from this years awards ceremony.

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Banks embody Iceland’s turnaround

December 5, 2017
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Nine years after the Nordic island became a symbol of the global financial crisis, its banks have built some of Europe’s plumpest capital cushions. Danielle Myles reports.

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Moves to change interest rate benchmarks trigger contract concerns

Regulators are working to change the interest rate benchmarks, which underpin many of the world’s derivatives and structured finance products. But doing so could result in legal issues with longer dated contracts. By Justin Pugsley.

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