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Will the Old Lady's new approach work?

As the Bank of England is modernised, with clearer communications between central bank and the City of London at its core, Brian Caplen highlights the problems that a more formalised communications system may bring about.

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Top 100 Central American banks ranking: Colombian-owned banks loosen their grip

While BAC Panama remained in top position, other Colombian-owned lenders fared less well in the Top 100 Central American Banks ranking, leaving the way open for Panamanian, Costa Rican and Guatemalan banks to make up ground.

A global energy shift
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A global energy shift: how US shale production is shaping a new world order

US shale production has significantly altered the landscape of the global energy market. Ahead of the Institute of International Finance's annual spring meeting in Qatar, James King looks at how OPEC is responding to this seismic shift.

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Barclays rushes through the new year sales
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Barclays rushes through the new year sales

The sovereign, supranational and agencies team at Barclays worked on eight out of 19 deals worldwide in the first working week of 2015, generating repeat business from a number of issuers.

Amando Tetangco
From Comment

Philippines CBG: unconventional and effective

Amando Tetangco, the governor of the Philippines' central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, talks to Stefania Palma about how in a post-financial crisis, globalised world, conventional central banking is no longer enough.

Malaysias recipe for Islamic finance success
From World

Malaysia's recipe for Islamic finance success

Growth in Malaysia's Islamic finance market is outstripping that in both the country's conventional banking market and the Islamic industry in the rest of the world. James King looks at the factors fuelling its success. 

A global energy shift
From World

A global energy shift: how US shale production is shaping a new world order

US shale production has significantly altered the landscape of the global energy market. Ahead of the Institute of International Finance's annual spring meeting in Qatar, James King looks at how OPEC is responding to this seismic shift.

Strong and steady
From World

Strong and steady: Oman's quiet path to banking success

Unlike some of its more illustrious neighbours, Oman's banking sector was barely affected by the global financial crisis, thanks in no small part to its domestic focus and cautious central bank. However, while the short-term prospects are strong, a plummeting oil price and increasing competition at home pose longer term challenges.

Top Central American banks ranking

Top 100 Central American banks ranking: Colombian-owned banks loosen their grip

While BAC Panama remained in top position, other Colombian-owned lenders fared less well in the Top 100 Central American Banks ranking, leaving the way open for Panamanian, Costa Rican and Guatemalan banks to make up ground.

Myanmar starts to find its financial feet
From World

Myanmar starts to find its financial feet

A closed economy for nearly 50 years, the opportunities that have opened up in Myanmar are endless, especially in telecommunications and banking. Brian Caplen looks at how players from these sectors are collaborating and innovating in order to tap into the country's huge potential, and examines the hurdles still facing foreign entrants to the market.

Philippe Mathieu

Quantitative easing helps Statoil break Scandinavian records

An innovative four-tranche bond for Norway's oil company Statoil set the standard for size and pricing thanks to supportive monetary policy conditions, even with lower oil prices.

Eurozone meltdown
From World

Eurozone meltdown: how can it be avoided?

As the need to resolve the eurozone crisis intensifies, member states seem to be moving further apart on key issues, including the architecture of the union and the terms of Greece's bail-out package. But while political rifts open up, many economists agree that the only way forward is by working towards greater economic integration. 

Brazil rocky road
From World

Brazil's capital markets travel a rocky road

With flat economic growth depressing businesses and a wide-reaching corruption scandal scaring off capital market investors, how will the next few months pan out for Brazilian corporates and deal-makers? 

Hamood Sangour Al Zadjali
From World

Oman CBG looks beyond oil worries

Despite facing budgetary pressures and a falling oil price, Hamood Sangour Al Zadjali, Oman's central bank governor, is optimistic over the country's future, describing to James King how directives to encourage SME lending and bring about a harmonious Islamic banking sector will bring huge benefits.

Land of opportunity

Why the Philippines is Asean's land of opportunity

A steady, sustainable growth story; an underbanked population; a key player in the Asean region; solid financial regulation; an embracing of PPPs to tackle huge infrastructure needs; and a nascent asset management industry. The Philippines is awash with opportunity for lenders, but who will take advantage? 

CEE reels from Swiss franc exposure
From World

CEE reels from Swiss franc exposure

As the Swiss National Bank removed its cap against the euro, the risk of borrowing in foreign currencies was made clear, as countries that had been busily borrowing in the Swiss franc reeled at the impact of its sudden appreciation. 

Land Bank of the Philippines gives finance a human face

Land Bank of the Philippines gives finance a human face

The Land Bank of the Philippines is working with small farmers and fishermen to promote inclusive growth and improve their quality of life, in even the most devastating of situations.

Mozambique stands on the brink of better times
From World / Africa

Mozambique stands on the brink of better times

Mozambique's banking market is on the verge of a significant shake up, with new challengers entering the market and the country on the brink of a natural gas boom. 

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Squeezing income: the impact of QE on interest income

QE teaser

Quantitative easing, the long-awaited European Central Bank initiative, has finally arrived. The programme might spell narrower interest margins for European banks, but Deutsche Bank and Rabobank have both managed to increase their net interest incomes. 

Brazil's ECM and DCM investors

 
 
Silvia Pavoni talks to LatAm Confidential's Richard Lapper about equity and fixed-income investors in Brazil and international fund managers' general view on the country.  

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Splitting banks divides opinion in the EU

The European Parliament’s rapporteur is meeting stiff opposition to his idea of excluding market-making activities from bank structural reform.

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