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Brian Caplen

Will stress tests lead to safer banks but limited lending?

The recent stress tests conducted by the Bank of England provided largely positive news for the UK's largest lenders, but how valuable are there results by the time they've reached the CEOs' in-trays?

Brian Caplen

One small step in the right direction for Argentina

The election of Mauricio Macri as the president of Argentina bodes well for a country that has experienced economic struggles in recent years, and has often been at odds with the international community. However, investors will need more than an election win before they are convinced to return to the country.

Professionalism in banking: time for a race to the top

Improvements in professional culture in banking must come from within, not just from regulatory pressure.

Co-operation is key for resolution regimes

The Financial Stability Board has worked hard to complete its total loss-absorbing capacity rules for banks, and individual jurisdictions must ensure clear and co-ordinated implementation. 

Commercial cards: old rails, new tricks

Renewed interest in commercial card programmes has led to a flurry of innovation in the space, ultimately giving corporates more flexibility.

Brian Caplen

Are Japan's banks about to make their presence felt?

The government has pushed Japan's banks to sell down their cross-shareholdings, and the capital this creates could see the country's leading lenders increasing their presence on the world stage.

Brian Caplen

A call for regulatory respite

With so many regulations being released by different bodies, is now the time for bankers to pause and absorb their impact?

How to address the financial market liquidity challenge

Understanding the behaviour of different participants during a shock is an essential first step to improving the resilience of financial markets to sudden periods of illiquidity.

New CEOs face tough investment banking decisions

It is a tough time to be the head of an investment bank, as new regulations and the need to cut costs take their toll.

Awakening the sleeping giants of Islamic finance

Financial institutions are looking to the new markets of south-east Asia and Africa as the Islamic finance industry evolves. 

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