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Brian Caplen blog 2016

Brexit will not make trade deals easy

July 19, 2016

Trade agreements everywhere are hostage to politics and protest, meaning that the UK can't expect an easy ride as it prepares for post-Brexit life, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Europe’s bad loan problem could last a generation

July 11, 2016

Banking union is another EU policy stuck halfway, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Solving Brexit is easier than fixing the EU

July 5, 2016

As the UK comes to terms with the result of its referendum decision to leave the EU, the challenges facing what is left of the union are mounting, writes Brian Caplen.

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Outgoing Polish CBG urges successor to focus on stability

July 1, 2016

Poland’s outgoing central bank chief Marek Belka tells Stefanie Linhardt that maintaining banking stability will be the major issue for his replacement. 

Pulling together to improve the financial system

July 1, 2016

Nearly a decade on from the financial crisis, subsequent reforms have put the UK at the forefront of banking standards. But there is no room for complacency, warns Anthony Browne of the British Bankers’ Association.

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Otkritie FC Bank investment chief aims for further diversification

July 1, 2016

In two years, Otkritie FC Bank’s Konstantin Tserazov has transformed its investment business through a three-way split between its bond portfolio, repurchase agreements and derivatives. Now, he tells Stefanie Linhardt, he intends to diversify the Russia-focused bank even further.

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Using microfinance to lift China's poor to prosperity: an IFC viewpoint

July 1, 2016

China’s microfinance sector is still developing but has strong potential to reduce poverty and support local SMEs. What are the challenges and opportunities for microfinance institutions in the country? The International Finance Corporation’s country manager for China, South Korea and Mongolia, Simon Andrews, explains.

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Bolivia’s economy minister pledges to industrialise economy

July 1, 2016

Luis Alberto Arce, Bolivia’s economy minister, tells Jane Monahan how the country's government is attempting to diversify its economy away from its dependence on raw materials. 

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SGCIB hails green deal for China’s London Taxi Company

July 1, 2016

When China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, owner of LTC, decided to invest £250m in its UK manufacturing capacity for low-emission black cabs, a green bond issue seemed the ideal vehicle. The company chose Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking as joint global coordinator for a deal that has tapped into investors’ growing interest. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Belgium deputy PM seeks to tackle tax and pensions issues

July 1, 2016

Kris Peeters, Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister of economy and employment, tells Courtney Fingar that the country's government is tackling crucial reforms to company tax and pensions.

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