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Nepal’s banks hope for stability as elections loom

December 1, 2017

Nepal’s banks have survived two years of upheaval, contending with violent earthquakes and India’s border blockade. Today, the sector hopes to address more systemic issues such as overbanking, political instability and cyber security threats. Stefania Palma reports.

Will Catalonia independence movement dent Spain’s economic recovery?

December 1, 2017

As Spain’s economy is forecast to outpace 2008 GDP growth for the first time since the eurozone crisis, its own constitutional problems are posing a risk to the upbeat projections, writes Stefanie Linhardt. 

Moves to change interest rate benchmarks trigger contract concerns

November 27, 2017

Regulators are working to change the interest rate benchmarks, which underpin many of the world’s derivatives and structured finance products. But doing so could result in legal issues with longer dated contracts. By Justin Pugsley.

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MiFID II’s collateral damage

November 1, 2017

Every inch of Europe’s trading universe will be touched by MiFID II, which takes effect from January 2018. It may achieve its goals of investor protection and supervisory oversight but this could come at the expense of less liquidity, less competition and a string of other unintended consequences, writes Danielle Myles. 

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Belarus inches toward economic recovery

November 1, 2017

Belarus is gradually coming out of recession though its public sector reforms are too slow for some. This, combined with high dollarisation, could restrict its growth, writes Stefanie Linhardt.

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The new age of Santander

November 1, 2017

Spain's Santander is moving into a new era as it targets larger earnings, improved customer loyalty and stronger governance. Silvia Pavoni looks at how the 160-year-old institution is planning to progress from a position of strength.

Data protection rules set to clash with MiFID

October 30, 2017

Disparate regulatory frameworks clashing is nothing new, but the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which was not drafted specifically with banks in mind, is going to clash with other frameworks such as MiFID II, writes Justin Pugsley.

Time to tackle the vexed question of European NPLs

October 30, 2017

While proposals by Europe’s regulators to tackle the continent’s bad loans are already meeting resistance from some quarters. The issue must be tackled sooner rather than later.

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PWM/The Banker Private Banking Awards 2017

October 27, 2017

UBS may have come out on top once again in our annual private banking awards, but competitors are closing in, while a number of regional banks appear to be making a successful transition onto the global stage

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US financial crime regime changes receive a warm welcome

October 2, 2017

The US is gearing up for change in its onerous anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and sanctions regimes – much to the relief of many banks. Jane Monahan reports. 

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