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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.

From theory to practice

October 3, 2005

Outsourcing in financial services is here to stay. Colin Klipin, Global Head of Alliance Solutions Group at ABN AMRO and Chris Harvey, Global Banking Partner at Deloitte discuss outsourcing partnerships.

Why a bank as partner?

October 3, 2005

Taking another bank as an equity partner is perhaps not an obvious solution for those facing tough strategic choices. That makes it all the more worth considering, writes Arnold van Os.

Meeting challenges from all angles

October 3, 2005

As market challenges multiply, future banking success will depend on making the right strategic decisions now. Outsourcing and partnership are key elements of emerging new business models.

Card costs spark action

October 3, 2005

Credit card companies and issuing banks are under fire for overcharging on interchange fees, and are now under increasing pressure to justify their costs.Wendy Atkins reports.

EU bodies tussle over credit directive

October 3, 2005

Sergio Beristein reports from Brussels on legislative wrangling over how liberalised the consumer credit market should be.
According to an EU draft of the Consumer Credit Directive, obtained by The Banker a paragraph has been added that promotes a free market.

Bridging the Gulf

October 3, 2005

Adel El-Labban, CEO of Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank, talks to Stephen Timewell about progress on his plans for a pan-Gulf retail network.
Most banks in the six states of the increasingly rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have tended to focus on their domestic markets and as a result remained relatively small compared with the region’s enormous wealth.
But now a few are breaking through traditional barriers, creating regional networks and realising some of the Gulf’s potential.
Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank (AUB) has been a pioneer of mergers and acquisitions in the Gulf and this remains central to the bank’s strategy.

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