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Brian Caplen

Finally, a way for banks to use big data

Data security is big business, as evidenced by the impact of the 'Heartbleed' bug, and it is an area that banks should be instinctively moving towards.

Where is India's political all-rounder?

In choosing their next leader, Indians are essentially having to choose between economic and political stability, with neither of the two major candidates likely to satisfy on both scores. 

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Banks must reconnect with female clients

As women's economic empowerment continues to rise, while overall countrywide growth slows, banks must do more to meet the expectations of their female clients and tap into this often neglected and under-served market. 

Brazil needs a reform plan

Brazil's economy may be growing, but not fast enough. Standard & Poor's sovereign downgrade, on the eve of this year's Inter-American Development Bank in Brazil, is a call to action for a country in desperate need of economic reform.

M&A – the missing piece of the regulatory puzzle

The regulation of the global financial sector should be extended to include intensive monitoring of merger and acquisition deals, which are a key source of instability.

Trouble rumbles on at Ecobank

A cautionary tale for African banks

The controversy that has dogged pan-African lender Ecobank in the last nine months has shaken it to its core. Last month Thierry Tanoh, its chief executive, was forced to stand down in what was the latest and, Ecobank shareholders will hope, possibly the last in a series of events that has dented the institution’s credibility.

Risk weights – use them (wisely) or lose them

With investors claiming that Basel explanations of risk weighting models are indecipherable, confidence in these measures has been lost. If it is not restored, capital may have to be regulated using much harsher methods.

Zoran Stavreski

Macedonia: big progress in a small country

Zoran Stavreski is Macedonia's deputy prime minister and minister of finance. Here he shares his views on his country’s economic outlook and prospects for EU membership with Brian Caplen.

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A new kind of emerging market shock

With emerging economies accounting for a growing proportion of global trade and finance, their strategic decisions have the potential to rock the global markets.

Give the co-operative model a chance

The resignation of the CEO of the UK's Co-operative Group shows that running any bank – listed or co-operative – is fraught with difficulties. But it does not mean that the co-operative model is completely unfeasible.

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