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Brian Caplen
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China's too-big-to-fail advantage

As G20 leaders discuss proposals regarding banks' total loss-absorbing capacity in Brisbane, the advantages held in this regard by China's big state lenders are as stark as ever.

Brian Caplen

Time for the BRICs to become BRICKs?

Kazakhstan's economy is closely tied to that of three of the four BRIC economies – Russia, China and India – so is it time to start calling them the BRICKs?

The right focus will bring the right risk culture

Banks all over the world – many of them hit recently by fines for a multitude of reason concerning poor governance – are looking to change the culture within their organisations when it comes to risk. Without the right focus, however, only marginal improvements will be made.

Anson Chan

Why Hong Kong must fight for its democratic rights

Former chief secretary of Hong Kong, Anson Chan, tells Stefania Palma about the difficulties facing pan-democratic parties in Hong Kong, and defends the city-state's political protesters, saying that universal suffrage is long overdue.

Hong Kong’s unique but working system

Hong Kong's current political system – a halfway house between Western-style democracy and Chinese single-party socialism – strikes the perfect balance, at least as far as business is concerned.

New thinking needed for SME finance

Technology may deliver better returns than regulatory incentives in the drive to stimulate lending to small and medium-sized enterprises.

From Comment

AQR only the start for a eurozone banking union

The results of the European asset quality review are due, but regardless of what they unearth there is still much work to be done before a banking union is a realistic possibility.

The gloves are off in the sovereign debt debate

The clauses attached to Kazakhstan's latest sovereign bond show that governments are squaring up to so-called vulture funds in the wake of Argentina's recent default.

View from IMF
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Finance becomes victim instead of cause of risk

The financial sector may be moving down the list of global risks, but this does not come as much of a relief to the banks themselves, writes Philip Alexander from the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Washington DC.

Marek Belka (1)
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National Bank of Poland president eyes Europe cautiously

While much of Europe has struggled over the past few years, the Polish economy has remained resilient, maintaining a sound banking system and hitting its inflation targets. This is why the president of the National Bank of Poland, Marek Belka, is remaining cautious on the topic of eurozone membership, and has no intention of opting into the European banking union.

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