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Place your bets for the next IMF head

April 5, 2004

Karina Robinson reviews the main candidates for the top job at the IMF and finds that the front-runner is Rodrigo Rato, Spain’s former finance minister.

Latin American banks court low income segments

March 3, 2004

Some of the big Latin American banks are concentrating on new retail products to attract the unbanked segment of the population and thus grow market share. Monica Campbell reports.
Now that many big foreign banks play a major role in Latin America’s financial system, the race is on to capture a bigger chunk of the market, including its evolving commercial marketplace. Although most banks still thirst for wealthy clients, they are also slowly recognising the potential of Latin America’s enormous unbanked population.

Branches aim for efficiency

March 3, 2004

The design of the modern bank branch is worlds apart from its more traditional predecessor in terms of layout, operational effectiveness, equipment and decor, says Michael Imeson.

Doha courts expats with step into CRM

February 3, 2004

With more than three-quarters of Qatar’s population come from overseas, Doha Bank is focusing on expatriate customers, says Parveen Bansal.
With energy needs expanding worldwide and oil prices remaining high, the Qatari economy is booming. Under the prudent leadership of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani, the state’s development strategy is focusing on diversification of the economy away from oil, toward extensive gas reserves and industrial expansion. Oil and natural gas revenues enable Qatar to have a per capita income not far below the leading industrial countries in western Europe.

Disasters: Why experts fail to predict them

February 3, 2004

Why do experts fail to predict company failures such as Parmalat, Enron and WorldCom? To find out, The Banker invited credit and rating analysts and auditors to a roundtable discussion to explore the issues. The discussion got quite heated as the finger was pointed at the various parties and a proposal to change the way underwriters get paid was put up for debate

How much risk can you manage?

February 3, 2004

Banks have a huge range of resources available to aid risk managers, but human nature can still result in a bad decision. Behavioural finance and prospect theory lifts the veil on poorinvestment judgement, writes Gerald Ashley.

Islamic Bank of Britain launch imminent

January 5, 2004

The financial sector is finally catching up with the demand for Islamic banking services. This year hopes to see the ground-breaking establishment of the IBB, which will cater to UK Muslims while also hoping to attract business from further afield.

Spanish behemoths court their clients

January 5, 2004

Spain’s two banking giants both suffered loss of market share after recent mergers. SCH’s Enrique García Candelas and BBVA’s Julio López talk to Karina Robinson about their new client-focused strategies, designed to gain lost ground.

Smart moves in the developing world

January 5, 2004

South African company Aplitec saw a gap in the payments market and devised a cheaper alternative to the EMV standard. Stuart Theobald explains how this upstart company has stolen a march on the global card giants.
Smart cards have heralded a technical revolution in payments systems across the globe. But the industry smart card standard Europay Mastercard Visa (EMV) is not without its challengers. One that has caught the attention of Visa particularly is a small South African IT company called Aplitec.

Battlefield in the branches

December 2, 2003

Many banks are turning their attention towards their branch networks in
the increasingly stiff competition for a bigger share of customers’
business, say Roy O’Neil and Chris Gentle.

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