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Brian Caplen

Could fixing the old crisis make the next crisis more painful?

Regulators have spent the past few years ensuring that a repeat of the last crisis will not happen. However, as JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has highlighted in a letter to shareholders, these actions could only be serving to worsen the effects of the next crisis. And Brian Caplen thinks he may have a point...

Brian Caplen

The UK economy is a ticking time bomb

The UK may have returned to growth, but with its budget deficit still dangerously high, the economy largely failing in its drive to develop non-banking sectors. Given the lack of political ambition to solve either of these problems, it is only a matter of time before it falls back into a recession. 

Brian Caplen

Sabadell takes the TSB tech test

Spanish lender Sabadell intends to transfer newly acquired UK bank TSB onto its IT platform in a move that highlights the vital role that IT plays in banking strategy. 

The day conduct risk came knocking

An enhanced regulatory discipline recalibrated almost two years ago, conduct risk has served as a point of confusion for firms due to the lack of prescriptive guidelines provided by the regulator. However, this is no excuse for ignoring the issue.

Banker Opinion

The tricky task of killing off the sovereign risk subsidy

The sovereign risk weight subsidy is an obvious target for regulators looking to shore up bank balance sheets, but getting rid of it will be easier said than done. 

Banker Opinion

Change afoot for financing SMEs

Policymakers are keen to stimulate more bank financing for small and medium enterprises, but technology is enabling non-banks to fill the gap more effectively.

Swift’s Russian board director is not a political decision

The addition of a Russian seat on the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication's board of directors should not be interpreted as a political move by the organisation.

From Comment

Will the Old Lady's new approach work?

As the Bank of England is modernised, with clearer communications between central bank and the City of London at its core, Brian Caplen highlights the problems that a more formalised communications system may bring about.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer

How Turkish banks have grown from the inside out

Much of the success of the Turkish banking sector is down to the internal practices of individual lenders, says Akbank chairperson Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, which means that the sector can expect to remain resilient, even when wider economic conditions are not in its favour. 

Amando Tetangco
From Comment

Philippines CBG: unconventional and effective

Amando Tetangco, the governor of the Philippines' central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, talks to Stefania Palma about how in a post-financial crisis, globalised world, conventional central banking is no longer enough.

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