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New growth frontiers in the Philippines

New growth frontiers in the Philippines

May 2, 2016

Filipino banks continue to be some of the healthiest lenders in Asia. Now, record volumes in equity and debt capital markets offer a further source of growth in one of the strongest banking sectors in the region. Stefania Palma reports.

Staying ahead of the slump

South Africa's banks stay ahead of the slump

May 2, 2016

Though South Africa's economy is cooling, its banks are continuing to perform strongly. For some, growth is coming from operations elsewhere in Africa, while for others its is stemming from the domestic market. James King looks at the strategies being employed to keep the country's lenders buoyant in a slow-growth environment.

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Top 500 Banking Brands 2016

February 1, 2016

Market and currency volatility have shaken up The Banker’s Top 500 Banking Brand rankings. However, the main story of 2016 is the speed at which Chinese banking brands are gaining ground on their US counterparts. Joy Macknight reports.

What all regulators must do to promote financial inclusion

January 25, 2016

The annual Microscope global report on financial inclusion provides a kind of open-source regulation for fostering the right environment to give everyone access to banking and credit services, wherever they are, writes Michael Schlein, president and chief executive of Accion. 

Is Mexico ready to embrace mobile banking?

September 1, 2015

The low levels of penetration in mobile banking in Mexico are matched by underwhelming financial inclusion figures. Could a rise in the former bring about an improvement in the latter? Silvia Pavoni investigates.

Postal Savings Bank of China grows from strength to strength

Postal Savings Bank of China grows from strength to strength

July 1, 2015

The Postal Savings Bank of China has already stunned the market with its remarkable ascent since its establishment in 2007. Now, talks of an initial public offering, sustained growth and diversification of its business are making the bank's extraordinary rise even more impressive. Stefania Palma explores these new developments.

The password chaos solution at our fingertips

The password chaos solution at our fingertips

April 30, 2015

Remembering dozens of passwords is a nigh-on impossible task for most people, meaning they either forget them – and then have to endure lengthy re-registering processes – or write them down, thus increasing the risk of being hacked. A number of solutions to this 'password chaos' are becoming available, as Jane Cooper discovers.

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Ipagoo joins the EU dots to beat the regulators

April 1, 2015

New European legislation is allowing Orwell's Ipagoo to rewrite banking by allowing customers to manage accounts in multiple countries and different currencies, the company's co-CEO tells Jane Cooper. 

Modernising the co-operative model

Bringing the co-operative model into the 21st century

April 1, 2015

Born out of social innovation in the 19th century, Europe's co-operative banking model is now struggling to stay relevant in an increasingly globalised, technology-driven and heavily regulated banking market. Silvia Pavoni looks into ways the model can stay afloat.

how banks are facing up to the crowd-funding threat

Playing the numbers game: how banks are facing up to the crowd-funding threat

April 1, 2015

As crowd-funding becomes an established form of investing, banks are looking at ways to take on these crowd-funders, whether it be by collaboration or competition. 

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