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Who is minding the model?

Today 12:21 pm

Banks have models for everything these days but, says Brian Caplen, they should not be fooled into thinking their problems are over.

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Lebanon takes a consolidatory route

March 1, 2017

Lebanon was a hub of M&A activity in 2016, with the country's larger banks buying up smaller operators, while global lenders exited the scene. James King reports.

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Andreas Dombret: the German view of Brexit

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Andreas Dombret, member of the board at Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany's central bank, tells Stefanie Linhardt about the issues banks thinking of re-locating to Germany would have to consider, the negative consequences lower standards of regulation could bring for financial markets and the risks of a 'no deal' Brexit.

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The changing face of trade in a digital world

March 1, 2017

The way goods and services are traded internationally is changing, fuelled by the globalisation and digitalisation of supply and distribution chains. Are free-trade deals still fit for purpose in a hyperconnected world? Joy Macknight investigates. 

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Will central bank reforms kick-start Myanmar’s payments revolution?

March 1, 2017

Myanmar’s central bank has opened up the local market to international payment companies such as Visa and MasterCard. But how will they help modernise the payments sector and drive financial inclusion in this newly opened frontier market? Stefania Palma investigates.

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A more positive picture for Latin America, but Trump looms large

March 1, 2017

A recovering Brazil and Argentina, the potential impact of Donald Trump's protectionist policies, the role of China and the fortunes of intra-regional trade blocs are the topics of discussion for the Latin America experts participating in The Banker's roundtable discussion. Edited by Silvia Pavoni.

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SGCIB looks to fill the covered bonds gap

March 1, 2017

No one in the covered bonds market had a busier start to 2017 than Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, seen as a leading liquidity provider. And while others are pulling out of the sector, SGCIB perceives this as a chance to increase its share of the market, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Top 100 Central American Banks ranking: Panama's dominance shows no sign of slipping

March 1, 2017

Panamanian banks have topped The Banker’s Central America rankings, notching up over half of Tier 1 capital. Meanwhile, Colombia-owned lenders grew their presence in the region. Silvia Pavoni analyses the data.

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BNDES president explains bank's smaller focus

March 1, 2017

Brazil’s development bank, BNDES, has gone from dividing the economy into broad sectors to holding a narrower focus on individual requests for financing. Bank president Maria Silvia Bastos talks to Silvia Pavoni about incentivising green projects and life beyond the Petrobras scandal.

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Economic headwinds look set to revive African M&A

March 1, 2017

African M&A was down in 2016 from the previous year as foreign investors stayed away, with only Egypt enjoying notable activity. However, economic headwinds are likely to drive consolidation, especially among smaller regional banks, in 2017. James King reports.

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Is Sweden’s stellar economy creating a housing bubble?

March 1, 2017

Sweden is enjoying impressive economic growth, reflected in rising house prices and an increase in household debt. Now, fears of a property bubble are fuelling calls for the government to speed up measures to cool the market. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Dodd-Frank: the defence

March 1, 2017

A US regulatory overhaul has been welcomed by many who believe Dodd-Frank has spawned too many regulations and prevents smaller banks from lending. However, there are concerns that the replacement Financial Choice Act will sweep away many of the safeguards designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 crisis. Jane Monahan reports.

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Post-Brexit IFCs - private banking hubs

The Banker's Silvia Pavoni and Yuri Bender, editor of Professional Wealth Management, discuss the private banking and asset management potential and increasing ambitions of Luxembourg, Dublin, Madrid as well as Warsaw.

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Australian banks lead race to digitise services

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Australia’s lenders make better use of online capabilities than their European and US rivals, reports Danielle Myles. 

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Industry sweats over fast-approaching MiFID II deadline

The EU is hurtling towards the implementation of MiFID II, a huge body of rule changes that no one will be ready for. Some regulatory flexibility will have to be shown or the process may end up resembling a car crash. By Justin Pugsley.

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