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Could fixing the old crisis make the next crisis more painful?

Regulators have spent the past few years ensuring that a repeat of the last crisis will not happen. However, as JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has highlighted in a letter to shareholders, these actions could only be serving to worsen the effects of the next crisis. And Brian Caplen thinks he may have a point...

Mexico reform
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How reform has revamped Mexico's banking market

While declining oil prices have chilled investor interest in Mexico’s newly opened energy sector, the longer term prospects for the country's economy have never been better. Silvia Pavoni looks at the lasting impact of 2013's market reforms and of the country’s growing infrastructure pipeline.

Indonesia and Philippines make headway

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2015: Indonesia and Philippines make headway

There might not be much movement among the top positions in this year’s Top 100 Association of South-East Asian Nations Banks ranking, but Filipino lenders are on the rise, while Indonesia’s banks boast the highest returns. 

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Chinas new tech savvy banks

China's new tech-savvy banks: how private lenders could threaten the status quo

The banking licences being granted to private companies in China look set to shake up the country's financial sector, with its 'big four' lenders coming under pressure from tech-savvy newcomers with a strong customer network, such as Alibaba and Tencent.

Europe pushed to go its own way on securitisation
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Europe pushed to go its own way on securitisation

The European Commission’s drive towards a capital markets union could mean easing capital rules for securitisation ahead of an ongoing Basel Committee review.

Prasarn Trairatvorakul
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Thailand’s CBG seeks greater banking depth and breadth

The governor of the Bank of Thailand, Prasarn Trairatvorakul, has seen the country's banking sector show remarkable resilience over the past few years. However, he is now looking for its lenders to expand their services into neighbouring countries, as well as offer more sophisticated products at home.

Indonesia and Philippines make headway

Top 100 Asean banks ranking, 2015: Indonesia and Philippines make headway

There might not be much movement among the top positions in this year’s Top 100 Association of South-East Asian Nations Banks ranking, but Filipino lenders are on the rise, while Indonesia’s banks boast the highest returns. 

Gulf country enters a new phase of economic growth
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Kuwait ignited: Gulf country enters a new phase of economic growth

Hit hard by the global financial crisis and a stagnant domestic political scene, Kuwait is now emerging as a stable, pro-business destination with a buoyant private sector and an economy moving away from its reliance on oil, as James King discovers.

Portuguese banks weather the storm
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Portuguese banks weather the storm

Portugal’s banks may be battling an economic downturn and the after-effects of the Banco Espírito Santo collapse, but they are still preparing for a return to profitability. 

Saudi Arabia maintains its momentum
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Saudi Arabia maintains its momentum

Events such as the death of a long-standing ruler or plummeting prices of a key export would have led to social and economic upheaval in many countries, yet Saudi Arabia has managed both with an impressive ease.

Mihály Varga

Hungary's minister of economy takes tentative steps towards economic stability

Hungary has enjoyed stronger economic growth than many of its European neighbours in recent years, but the country's minister of economy Mihály Varga is wary of taking this success for granted, insisting that the country's long-term outlook hinges on a number of external factors, from the recovery of the eurozone to a resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Thai banks look to their neighbours for growth
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Thai banks look to their neighbours for growth

Cross-border expansion has become a key source of growth for many of Thailand's banks, which are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities in neighbouring Myanmar and Laos, both of which are at the start of what is expected to be a huge banking growth curve. 

Set Aung
From World

Myanmar's fast track to financial fruition

Much progress has already been made in Myanmar's financial markets since the country's liberalisation in 2011, and now it is on the brink of refining its banking laws and establishing the Yangon Stock Exchange.

Chrystalla Georghadji
From World

Cyprus reborn: CBG looks to a bright banking future

Restructured and recapitalised, the Cypriot banking sector has emerged from its recent crisis more resilient and far more stable, according to the country's central bank governor, Chrystalla Georghadji.

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Kyrgyzstan's banks: suffering from growing pains?

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Kyrgyzstan’s banks are trying to expand their customer base, but will this impact upon their performance?

UK election outlook

 
 
James King talks to The Banker's editor Brian Caplen about the business implications of the forthcoming UK election.  

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The day conduct risk came knocking

An enhanced regulatory discipline recalibrated almost two years ago, conduct risk has served as a point of confusion for firms due to the lack of prescriptive guidelines provided by the regulator. However, this is no excuse for ignoring the issue.

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