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What can banks learn from GE?

May 23, 2017

In forging their digital strategy, banks have focused too heavily on consumer companies such as Facebook and Netflix. They should, writes Brian Caplen, look instead at what GE is doing.

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Turkish banks wait for stability

May 2, 2017

With last year’s failed coup followed by a radical change in powers for Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, uncertainty is the watchword for Turkish banks. With a tumbling currency and pressure to cut interest rates, their outlook looks set to remain challenging. David O’Byrne and Stefanie Linhardt report.

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CEO fine-tunes Maybank's business at home and abroad

May 2, 2017

Maybank’s president and CEO, Abdul Farid Alias, tells Stefania Palma how the lender is refining asset and liability management in its home market of Malaysia while growing in south-east Asian markets such as Indonesia.

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The rise of the data scientist

May 2, 2017

It seems that these days everyone wants to be a data scientist – or employ a team of them. There is little doubt that rigorous analysis of big data can pay dividends in the financial world, but the age-old problems of data quality and false correlations are not going away, as Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Will regtech’s deepening role spark greater regulatory scrutiny?

April 20, 2017

Regulators are likely to take a deeper interest in regulatory technology as it takes on more critical tasks and deepens its role within banks, reports Justin Pugsley. 

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Citi markets and securities chief retains a rare global perspective

May 2, 2017

Citi’s global head of markets and securities services, Paco Ybarra, is a three-decade veteran of the US bank. He talks to Danielle Myles about running a truly global business, the bank’s equities strategy and the truth about the Volcker Rule.

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Barclays leads chemicals M&A renaissance

May 2, 2017

In a busy chemicals M&A arena, Barclays' EMEA team has been making waves. Edward Russell-Walling looks at its work on the acquisition of the US's Airgas by France's Air Liquide, as well as compatriot Total's sale of Atotech.

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Caixa Geral marks Portugal’s AT1 return

May 2, 2017

Despite an EU bailout last year, in March state-owned Caixa Geral de Depositos felt confident about launching the first issuance from a Portuguese bank in about two years, as Joanne Hart reports.

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Cyprus finance minister keen to demonstrate progress to EBRD

May 2, 2017

As Cyprus prepares to host the EBRD's annual meeting, its finance minister, Harris Georgiades, tells Michael Imeson how the country has progressed from its EU/IMF bailout in 2013 to record a budget surplus and GDP growth higher than the eurozone average.

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Mauritian banks think beyond home comforts

May 2, 2017

Careful cost management and diversification have yielded solid profits for Mauritius’s banks. And with the government now focusing on SMEs, many banks are now developing their services for this sector while also expanding their footprint abroad. James King reports.

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Will Turkey's turbulence abate?

April 10, 2017

Following a stormy 2016 blighted by a failed coup and a spate of terror attacks, Turkey's weakened economy has shown signs of recovery. But with a divisive referendum campaign dominating the first months of 2017, questions about the recovery's resilience remain. David O'Byrne reports.

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How Vitali Klitschko is fighting Kiev’s corner

May 2, 2017

Former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has his eyes on a new prize. While, as mayor of Kiev, his reforms to boost transparency are local, he hopes they also boost the national perception of Ukraine as a safe place to invest. Courtney Fingar reports.

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Stefania Palma, Asia editor at The Banker, speaks with Takehiko Nakao, president of the Asian Development Bank, during the 2017 ADB meetings held in Yokohama, Japan.

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Sweden’s Nordea primed for overseas expansion

May 23, 2017
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Nordea, the largest bank in Sweden, is intent on increasing its international footprint. Data collected by The Banker suggests it is ready to broaden its horizons. Danielle Myles reports.

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ECB pushes case for internal models

The European Central Bank is undertaking a major project to ensure the internal models used by eurozone banks work properly. A useful spin-off could be to tackle the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s scepticism over their use, as Justin Pugsley reports.

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