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Muscling in on M-Pesa
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Kenyan banks look to crash M-Pesa’s party

Kenya’s Equity Bank is determined to launch a new mobile banking product that has the potential to shake up an industry dominated by the creator of M-Pesa, Safaricom. Experts say that while Equity could present serious long-term competition for Safaricom, it has its work cut out. 

China prime time for trade finance
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China's prime time for trade finance

With heavy state involvement and the occasional scandal, China’s trade finance sector may not be perfect. But significant change is under way as government policies facilitate growth and diversification in the country’s industry and financial sector. 

Transaction Banking Awards 2014

Transaction Banking Awards 2014

The inaugural Transaction Banking Awards from The Banker show a transaction services industry that is both buoyant and innovative, in both developed and developing countries, and across all sectors.

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Bulgarian banks in limbo
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Crisis leaves Bulgaria's banks in limbo

Bulgaria’s recent banking crisis and the resignation of its government have left its financial sector in a state of limbo awaiting elections in October. 

Wasim Akhtar Saifi
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Standard Chartered Saadiq welcomes Islamic internationalisation

The increasingly international outlook of the Islamic finance market place is providing new growth opportunities for Islamic banks and, according to Standard Chartered Saadiq, Malaysia's chief executive, Wasim Akhtar Saifi, is also offering much-needed solutions to the industry's longer term liquidity management problems. 

Cyber attack
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Cyber attack: Is your bank safe?

From financially motivated cyber crime to politically influenced cyber warfare, the virtual threats to financial institutions are multiplying. Companies must respond by arming themselves against such attacks or else they risk losing their footing on the new digital battleground.

Amid the Italian gloom
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Where are the chinks of light for Italy's banks?

Contracting growth in Italy since the beginning of the year has dampened any optimism for good first-half results at the country’s largest banks, after record losses in 2013. Although lenders have largely cleaned up their balance sheets, the credit quality of smaller businesses remains a problem.

Ecobank enters a new phase

Down but not out: Ecobank enters a new phase

Ecobank’s reputation took a battering last year as it became mired in a well-publicised corporate governance crisis. Its new chief executive, Albert Essien, has restored some calm, and he tells Paul Wallace how he hopes to make the kind of returns that will entice more international investors to buy its stock.

RBS helps revive sterling bond market

RBS helps revive sterling bond market

The UK sterling market has enjoyed a stellar 2014, with RBS playing a leading role in the surge with a series of innovative issuances that have proven popular both within and outside of the UK.

China prime time for trade finance
From World

China's prime time for trade finance

With heavy state involvement and the occasional scandal, China’s trade finance sector may not be perfect. But significant change is under way as government policies facilitate growth and diversification in the country’s industry and financial sector. 

Muscling in on M-Pesa
From World

Kenyan banks look to crash M-Pesa’s party

Kenya’s Equity Bank is determined to launch a new mobile banking product that has the potential to shake up an industry dominated by the creator of M-Pesa, Safaricom. Experts say that while Equity could present serious long-term competition for Safaricom, it has its work cut out. 

Petar Chobanov
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Bulgaria's outgoing finance minister rallies for reform

Petar Chobanov spent little more than a year as Bulgaria's finance minister before the government resigned and he had to step down from his post. He describes the reforms that he started during his tenure and explains why it is important for the new government to continue this work.

Ecuador new direction
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Ecuador's new direction receives a mixed response

Ecuador is striving to re-establish ties with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, tap international capital markets and embrace orthodox economic policies. However, when it comes to banking, the country's new direction is not proving to be universally popular.

Gaetano Miccichè

Intesa Sanpaolo head of CIB takes a more global view

Intesa Sanpaolo's head of corporate and investment banking, Gaetano Miccichè, discusses the bank's international expansion plans and the challenges it is facing in its home Italian market thanks to a slow and underdeveloped domestic economy.

Morocco offers oasis of calm in north Africa
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Morocco offers oasis of calm in north Africa

With many north African countries in political and economic turmoil, Morocco’s stability and strong growth are proving attractive for Gulf-based investors looking to access the north African market.

China trade
From World

China's journey from 'factory' to 'mega-trader'

China's trade relationship with the rest of the world is changing, as it sheds its 'factory' status and becomes a vital trade partner to every global region. James King assesses this journey.

China trades up
From World

China raises its trade status

Spurred by strong domestic growth, China is repositioning itself on the global trade map, with its exporters moving up the value chain and its share of global exports and imports steadily rising.

Pre-Sibos interview with Matt Tuck, Barclays

 

Jane Cooper, The Banker’s transaction banking editor, discusses with Matt Tuck, head of international corporate banking at Barclays, how the industry is trying to find the right balance between adhering to know-your-customer and anti-money-laundering regulations whilst also providing a good customer experience.

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Iranian banks overwhelm the Middle East's ROC ranking

The Middle East top banks by ROC

Following on from last year's trend, four of the five banks in the Middle East's top five banks by return on capital are from Iran.

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Regulation gets real for virtual currencies

Both the EU and New York are looking to bring digital currencies under a full regulatory regime, but their approaches are rather different.

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