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The three-way split that threatens banks

March 12, 2018

“The digital chasm will claim 80% of the world’s bank within 20 years.” This statement may be far-fetched but the thinking behind it is worth considering, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Blockchain: where it works, where it doesn’t

March 6, 2018

Blockchain may not change the world but it will make an impact in areas of banking such as syndicated lending, trade finance, settlement and clearing, writes Brian Caplen.

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UBS advisory head sees busy 2018 for M&A

March 1, 2018

UBS’s global head of advisory, Piero Novelli, talks to Danielle Myles about expanding in the US, deals spurred by Donald Trump's tax reforms, and why he is expecting a stellar year for M&A activity.

Is fintech about to make a quantum jump?

March 1, 2018

Just when you got the hang of blockchain, along comes quantum computing to shake things up again. But it is not time to panic yet, says Chris Skinner.

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Iceland bond issue brings it in from the cold

March 1, 2018

As part of its journey back to prosperity after a severe recession, Iceland made a belated return to the international markets with a successful bond issuance. David Wigan reports.

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Nomura steers home Cevian’s Volvo sale

March 1, 2018

Volvo Group’s financial position is starting to look more healthy after a few shaky years, and Swedish fund manager Cevian Capital chose its moment to sell its stake in the company with help from Nomura. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Chile’s minister of foreign affairs looks to set a Latam example

March 1, 2018

Heraldo Muñoz, Chile’s minister of foreign affairs, talks to Silvia Pavoni about the country’s influence on Latin American trade and what China’s One Belt, One Road initiative means for the region.

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Argentina’s treasury minister embraces global re-engagement

March 1, 2018

Argentina’s treasury minister, Nicolas Dujovne, talks to Silvia Pavoni about reversing damaging fiscal decisions and bringing investment back to the country.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Tapering plus Trump tax cuts could be scary for banks

February 27, 2018

US banks are eager for interest rate normality but, asks Brian Caplen, what are the risks of overshooting?

No room for complacency over MiFID II

February 26, 2018

After years of preparation, the rollout of MiFID II in January provided relatively little drama. But, says PwC’s Luke Nelson, it is early days and Brexit could still complicate matters, so firms should stay on their toes. 

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