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A broader remit for microfinance

November 7, 2005

The Middle East is enjoying an investment boom but risks leaving the poor further behind. Microfinance can help to improve their prospects but it will take more than loans alone. Rula Dababneh explains.

Without frontiers

November 7, 2005

The European Commission wants to boost efficiency in the mortgage market by creating a single European market for the sector. But care needs to be taken in establishing such a market, which must be free and open.

At home and away

October 3, 2005

There are many forms of partnership, offering different benefits and solutions. If you have not so far considered working with a banking partner, writes Jim Carrabino, the chances are that your competitors have, and are already experiencing the benefits.

A successful joint venture

October 3, 2005

Fiona Clutterbuck warns that although partnerships can be supportive and enduring, companies must be aware of the potential for failure through factors such as incompatibility, lack of planning and weak leadership.

FX presence and profits

October 3, 2005

Strong growth in FX activity has been accompanied by significant consolidation among liquidity providers, which has in turn raised the competitive bar for mid-sized providers and smaller banks. Outsourcing can resolve this dilemma, writes William Higgins.

Navigating complexity

October 3, 2005

Asset and liability management is a complex process requiring sophisticated capabilities and deep market knowledge.Spiro Pappas (left) and Laurent Garret of ABN AMRO explain how establishing a partnership can help regional and local financial institutions.

MiFID shifts the market landscape

October 3, 2005

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) presents complex challenges for all market participants. The big question, though, according to Philip Simons, is not how to adapt to the new regulatory landscape, but how to survive in it.

At work with derivatives

October 3, 2005

There are two ways to grow a derivatives business: commit capital, or go for partnership, explains Denis McHugh.
The derivatives sector is one of the fastest growing segments of the financial industry.

Partnering for growth

October 3, 2005

When banks consider streamlining their trade services, risk mitigation is always high on the agenda.Daniel Cotti takes a practical look at partnering as a means to control risk and improve efficiency.

Beyond cost saving

October 3, 2005

Outsourcing of payments processing now extends far beyond payments to include infrastructure outsourcing and even branch outsourcing.Joerg Pinkernell shows this is no longer just about cost reduction – it is also an opportunity to seize other competitive advantages.

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