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Finally, a way for banks to use big data

Data security is big business, as evidenced by the impact of the 'Heartbleed' bug, and it is an area that banks should be instinctively moving towards.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan
From World / Africa / Nigeria

Nigeria: still on track?

Nigeria’s rapidly growing economy has increased its appeal to the world’s emerging market investors. But political tensions ahead of next year’s elections and failed reforms have exposed some glaring weaknesses.

Cracking the Indonesia code
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Cracking the Indonesia code

The fourth most populous country in the world. A fast-growing economy. A rapidly rising middle class. A huge unbanked population. There is little wonder that domestic and international lenders are focusing on getting their Indonesia strategy just right given the potential rewards on offer, but penetrating this vast archipelago is no easy task.

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Kuwait's upgraded exchange gears up for more business

With a greatly increased technological capacity and a new external regulator increasing transparency, hopes are high that there will soon be a healthy pipeline of deals for the Kuwait Stock Exchange.

Mohammad Al-Hashel

Kuwait's CBG pushes optimistically ahead

With the country's well-capitalised banking sector set to transition smoothly to Basel III standards and a positive macroeconomic outlook, central bank governor Mohammad Al-Hashel is able to concentrate on Kuwait's longer term prospects. He tells The Banker how he expects more growth in the Islamic banking sector and an increase in government spending, both of which will prove beneficial to the country's economy.

A new-look Portugal

A leaner look for Portugal's banks

Portugal's banks have undergone a radical transformation in the past few years, emerging from the country's economic crisis better capitalised, leaner and more efficient than ever. Profitability, however, is yet to recover. 

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan
From World / Africa / Nigeria

Nigeria: still on track?

Nigeria’s rapidly growing economy has increased its appeal to the world’s emerging market investors. But political tensions ahead of next year’s elections and failed reforms have exposed some glaring weaknesses.

From World / Africa / Nigeria

Nigeria’s bad bank: here to stay

Amcon, Nigeria’s resolution vehicle set up after its 2009 financial crisis, has made a lot of progress restructuring the billions of dollars of loans it holds. But its chief executive Mustafa Chike-Obi says its work will get harder and argues against calls for it to be wound down quickly.

Godwin Emefiele
From World / Africa / Nigeria

The tough act to follow at Nigeria's central bank

Investors in Nigeria were shocked when central bank governor Lamido Sanusi was suspended in February. His likely successor, Godwin Emefiele, is a very different character, but he will be keen to prove he is no less independent.

Kuwait looks to build on firm foundations

Kuwait looks to build on firm foundations

Steadily rising oil prices, a stable economy and the implementation of the National Development Plan are causing ripples of optimism in Kuwait, as the country looks to build on the slow progress it has been making in recent years.

Will Kuwait dig deep to realise energy potential

Will Kuwait dig deep to realise energy potential?

Kuwait may lay claim to more than 5% of the world's total oil reserves, but without the expertise and equipment needed to tap into the bulk of this, and with strict rules prohibiting foreign help, the country is struggling to realise its energy potential.

Nigerian banks shrug off regulatory headaches

Nigeria’s banks may be suffering the impact of regulatory changes and monetary tightening, but the country’s robust growth and economic reforms are taking away the sting.

Portugal seeks to make a clean break

Portugal seeks to make a clean break

In the three years since its bail-out, Portugal has impressed many onlookers with its efforts to turn its economy around. Now it is on track to make a clean exit from its rescue programme in May, but the question is will the progress made over the past three years continue?

New ways to finance trade

New ways to finance trade

In response to restrictive regulation, trade finance securitisation deals are starting to materialise and, with these deals structured in such a way that they reduce risk weighting, lower leverage and increase liquidity, appetite for them is growing. 

Italys lenders pick up central bank bonus
From World

Italy's lenders pick up central bank bonus

Following a difficult few years, Italy's banks received a windfall from the central bank after the institution revalued its share 'capital', but other eurozone lenders claim that this gives Italian players an unfair advantage in the upcoming asset quality review.

BNP helps breathe life back into Turkey
From Profiles / Deals

BNP Paribas makes a bold response to Turkish volatility

When fears over a Chinese slowdown and the US interest rate cycle coupled with domestic political uncertainty to hit the Turkish lira, BNP Paribas proposed a long-term bond to re-establish the sovereign's credentials.

Shanghai top for FDI into Asia-Pacific

Shanghai has attracted the highest levels of inward FDI in the Asia-Pacific region in the financial services sector, while Singapore leads the way in terms of outward foreign direct investment.

High-yield bond rings the changes for Israeli telco

High-yield bond rings the changes for Israeli telco

Despite an unusual structure as the holding company for a fixed-line monopoly, B Communications issued Israel's first dual-listed bond to considerable demand.

Channel hopping is so last century

Talk of banking channels is passé and misses the point. Going digital is about connecting everything, not carving it up.

Cracking the Indonesia code
From World

Cracking the Indonesia code

The fourth most populous country in the world. A fast-growing economy. A rapidly rising middle class. A huge unbanked population. There is little wonder that domestic and international lenders are focusing on getting their Indonesia strategy just right given the potential rewards on offer, but penetrating this vast archipelago is no easy task.

Philippines banks looking to adapt and thrive
From World

Philippines banks looking to adapt and thrive

A strong economy and good governance have helped maintain healthy profitability at most of the Philippines' largest lenders, but with plans to establish a semi-integrated regional banking industry among the Association of South-east Asian Nations members – which would pit local institutions against much more mature banks – many are looking to diversify, both in terms of the products they offer and the customer base they serve.

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2014: Small countries, big growth

The relatively small economies of Vietnam and Cambodia are punching above their weight in terms of growth in The Banker’s latest Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking. Meanwhile, Singapore’s banks retain their dominance in the ranking in terms of Tier 1 capital. 

Is private banking a global or local game
From World

Is private banking a global or local game?

Recent years have seen private banks hit by heavy regulation, fines and spiralling compliance costs, all of which have taken their toll on profits and brand value. As banking groups redefine their exposure to wealth management across the world, will private banking become a game better played by local and specialised names?

Staying focused

 

  

James Emmett, global head of trade and receivables finance at HSBC, discusses how the industry remains focused on supply chains and working capital optimisation, and comments on the outlook for the global economy.

 

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The top five banks in Japan

Top 5 banks in Japan

The Banker's top banks in Japan ranking shows that Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is the largest bank in the country by Tier 1 capital.

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Reg Rage

EC weighs in on interchange fee battle

Legal battles over MasterCard and Visa’s interchange fees have raged for years in various markets around the world, but now the European Commission is pushing ahead with legislation that will cap the level of the fees, which will have major repercussions for card-issuing banks and the payments market.

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