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A Pacific plan: why protection against natural disaster is as vital as ever

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As Brian Caplen continues his travels around the Pacific Island countries, he looks at how these places can protect themselves – both physically and economically – against the frequent natural disasters they contend with.

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BlackRock chief strategist rethinks investment conventions

October 3, 2016

BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist, Richard Turnill, tells Danielle Myles about the new emerging market darlings, investor myths that need dispelling and the unprecedented hurdles presented by unconventional monetary policy. 

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Top 100 Arab Banks: has the oil price slump hurt profits?

October 1, 2016

The drop in oil prices and regional unrest have seen Arab banks struggle to maintain their stellar profit results of previous years, but overall their performances remain impressive by global standards.

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Europe on the move: the economics of EU migration

October 3, 2016

The EU's right to free movement has been blamed as a key reason behind the UK's vote to leave the union, as well as cited for being a drain on countries that lose their workers to more affluent neighbours. But how accurate or fair is this? Stefanie Linhardt looks at both sides of this increasingly heated debate, and examines the likely fate of refugees into Europe.

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Nigeria: ready for a revival?

October 1, 2016

Nigeria was once feted as Africa's leading economy. However, attacks on its oil infrastructure and a dollar liquidity crunch have pushed it into recession. But the government is determined to push through strategies that will revive this regional powerhouse, as James King reports.

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Mongolia's flat economy leaves stock exchange in sleep mode

October 3, 2016

As Mongolia's economy slows, the chief executive of its stock market, Bolor Munkhsaikhan, tells Stefania Palma about efforts to deepen local capital markets to help hedge against a volatile currency and to diversify corporate borrowing away from bank loans.

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The challenge of Brexit: banks’ resilience is no excuse for complacency

October 3, 2016

The UK's Brexit vote in June came as a blow to most in the EU, but the lack of widespread financial shock in the immediate aftermath of the vote showed how the improvements made to the euro area's post-crisis banking sector are paying off. France's central bank governor looks at why this was the case, but warns there is no room for complacency and calls for further progress on the economic part of the EU’s agenda.

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Is Argentina poised for an economic turnaround?

October 3, 2016

The administration of Argentine president Mauricio Macri has largely impressed international observers and those within the finance industry with its market-friendly policies. The government's priority, however, remains turning around the country's economy, something its banks will play a role in. Jason Mitchell reports.

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UBS investment bank president calls for Europe-wide collaboration

October 3, 2016

Bank capital ratios throughout the eurozone have reached sky-high proportions since the financial crisis, but the persistent low interest rate environment continues to pose a threat to their profitability. For the region to move forward, industry-wide collaboration is the key, writes the president of UBS's investment bank.

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Venezuelan banks battle to rise above inflation and FX woes

October 3, 2016

Sky-high inflation, a spiralling economy and a bleak foreign exchange environment in which the black market is thriving are presenting Venezuela's banks with one of the toughest tasks in global financial circles just to stay in business. Jason Mitchell looks at how those still standing are managing to cope.

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Akbank COO maps out its open banking journey

October 1, 2016

Akbank took the decision to embrace open banking ahead of wider adoption in the Turkish market in order to gain a competitive advantage. Chief operating officer Turgut Güney outlines the bank’s innovation strategy to Joy Macknight.

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HSBC proves there is life after Brexit

October 3, 2016

The UK's EU referendum result may have surprised a lot of people. But far from the doom and gloom that some predicted would follow such a vote, HSBC reports it has been busy as the debt capital markets return to normal. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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EuroFinance 2016: HSBC’s Vina Cheung discusses recent trends in RMB payment flows

Vina Cheung, global head of RMB internationalisation, HSBC, outlines the latest regulatory developments in China and how treasurers can better incorporate the renminbi into global treasury operations to Joy Macknight from The Banker.


Mexico banks ready for change

October 18, 2016
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Citi’s Mexico-based bank has received a major investment boost and been rebranded. Data collected by The Banker reveals its major competitors, as Danielle Myles reports.

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France takes lead in unbundling debate on research

The unbundling of research from trading commissions represents a major change in the way banks and brokerages produce analysis for their clients and the French supervisor has taken a lead in this debate by appealing for a level playing field and an end to ‘gold-plating’. By Justin Pugsley.


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