Japan's spluttering economy shows little sign of recovering before the country hosts the summer Olympic Games in 2020, and holds a lesson for others, writes Brian Caplen.
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One the face of it, it's an easy win: governments spend money on infrastructure projects and the spluttering economies of the developed and developing world would be transformed. However, as Brian Caplen explains, the solution is more to do with political commitment than available funding.
With BNP Paribas announcing the sale of First Hawaiian Bank, Brian Caplen examines whether banks that do business through a narrow channel really are stronger that those with multiple earning sources.
Banks within the EU may have largely passed the stress tests to show how they would survive adverse economic growth in the years to 2018, but the problem with adverse scenarios, writes Brian Caplen, is that the form they take is notoriously difficult to predict or replicate.
The CEO of corporate and investment banking at Standard Bank Group talks to Danielle Myles about its transformation into an Africa-focused universal bank, the corporates pushing beyond the commodity rout, and why a savings culture is key to the future of banking in the continent.
Having been a pioneer in new forms of bank capital, Credit Suisse is aiming to be similarly innovative in insurance. US experience and the demands of the Swiss markets regulator made it match-fit for a recent $800m deal, writes Edward Russell-Walling.
After eight successive years of fiscal surplus, the governor of Paraguay’s central bank, Carlos Fernández Valdovinos, explains to Silvia Pavoni how the country has managed to remain immune to the financial instability experienced in its Latin American neighbours.
Banks are under pressure from the prolonged low-interest-rate environment and increased regulatory pressures. For most Western lenders, the only solution going forward is to cut costs, but at a level that few will want to take on.
The shadow banking sector got a bad press after the global financial crisis, but it can be a valuable source of innovation while helping to mitigate financial risk, writes Harald Benink of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee.