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Hillary Clinton would make a better than expected president

April 26, 2016

A pragmatic approach and her experience of government would make Hillary Clinton an effective president, writes Brian Caplen. Big ideas are just what she doesn’t need.

A public private rebalancing act

Indian banks’ public-private rebalancing

April 1, 2016

As India's public sector banks work to rid their balance sheets of legacy assets, could this be a chance for private sector banks to finally bulk up their market share? 

Banks engage in AML fight

Banks engage in anti-money-laundering fight

April 1, 2016

UK fraud investigators have realised that banks are well placed to identify illicit financial activity and have set up a partnership with major European financial institutions to share information about money laundering and terrorist financing. But how motivated are the banks to participate?

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A mixed picture for Portugal

Past problems dampen mood as Portugal's banks return to profit

April 1, 2016

After years of unprofitability, the Portuguese banking sector is finally getting back on its feet. But, with the sale of Novo Banco by the Bank of Portugal still outstanding and other lenders vulnerable to takeover, the sector may not be out of the woods yet.

Portuguese capital markets back from the brink

Portuguese capital markets back from the brink

April 1, 2016

Portugal's economy has endured a torrid few years and this has been reflected in its activity in the capital markets. However, the past 12 months have seen reasons for optimism, with the benchmark 10-year debt yield dropping significantly from an all-time high in 2012 and economists cautiously welcoming the new government's financial policies.

What difference does the AEC make

The AEC: what difference does it make?

April 1, 2016

The launch of the Asean Economic Community has opened up a new wave of opportunities. However, with Western banks pulling back from Asia and domestic banks all-powerful in the region's more developed markets, it may only be the Greater Mekong region that sees any discernible change to its financial landscape in the near future.

The infrastructure bottleneck holding Asia back

The infrastructure bottleneck holding Asia back

April 1, 2016

Asia's rapid development over the past two decades has brought the continent to the brink of becoming the world's economic powerhouse. However, its infrastructure shortfall – believed to be worth $6500bn between 2015 and 2020 – is threatening to hold the region back, unless it can scrape together the required funding to fill this gap.

Banks engage in AML fight

Banks engage in anti-money-laundering fight

April 1, 2016

UK fraud investigators have realised that banks are well placed to identify illicit financial activity and have set up a partnership with major European financial institutions to share information about money laundering and terrorist financing. But how motivated are the banks to participate?

A public private rebalancing act

Indian banks’ public-private rebalancing

April 1, 2016

As India's public sector banks work to rid their balance sheets of legacy assets, could this be a chance for private sector banks to finally bulk up their market share? 

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Top 100 Asean banks ranking 2016: Vietnam on the rise

April 1, 2016

Vietnam is on its way to becoming a heavyweight presence in south-east Asia, with the top ranking for asset growth, while Indonesia retains its crown as the most profitable country in the region.  

A road to nowhere

A road to nowhere? Latin America's new infrastructure game

April 1, 2016

With low economic growth and high interest rates denting the appeal of Latin America’s infrastructure to lenders and investors, Silvia Pavoni looks at how infrastructure finance in the region will be affected. 

Saudi Arabia discovers a sense of urgency

Saudi Arabia discovers a sense of urgency

April 1, 2016

With minimal growth and a hefty deficit expected in 2016, the Saudi Arabian government knows it must act fast to reverse the downward trend. James King looks at the raft of measures the country is putting in place to become less reliant on oil and achieve long-term growth.

Raghuram Rajan

India's steady hand: CBG Raghuram Rajan looks to maintain a stabilising influence

April 1, 2016

The governor of the Reserve Bank of India tells Stefania Palma about his role in halting the rupee’s slide and containing inflation to bring economic stability to the country. Not one to rest on his laurels, however, he is determined to reform India’s banking and corporate sectors.

All change for CEE Stock Exchange Group

CEE Stock Exchange Group adopts new 'sharing' strategy

April 1, 2016

Having shed two of its assets – the exchanges of Budapest and Ljubljana – the CEE Stock Exchange Group, with owner Vienna Stock Exchange at the helm, is steering a new strategic course. Its aim, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, is to become a leading service provider for central and eastern Europe's exchanges. 

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US leads strong 2015 trading revenues

April 15, 2016
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Trading revenue in the US is expected to fall in the first quarter of 2016. However, 2015 was still the best year for trading since 2011. 

Interview with David Mann, chief economist, Asia, Standard Chartered - View from ADB 2016

 
Stefania Palma, Asia editor of The Banker, speaks with David Mann, chief economist, Asia at Standard Chartered about debt levels across the region, the countries hit hardest by China's economic slowdown and how commercial ties between Asia and Europe will develop in light of low economic growth in the West.

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Trading venues ask EU to hurry up on MiFID II

The European Commission has postponed the start-date for the key financial markets directive to January 2018, but participants are still waiting for the final rules.

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