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Brian Caplen blog 2016

The 40% costs cut: why banks must face up to a tough future

July 26, 2016

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 role of shadow banks in banking and capital markets union

July 25, 2016

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.

Is the time right for Cuba?

July 25, 2016

If the country is allowed the time it needs to sort out its debt issues, all could win in Cuba's post-sanctions landscape.

Banks must turn Iran into a good news story

July 25, 2016

The lifting of sanctions on Iran so far has been met by a combination of nervousness and inactivity by Western banks. If the lifting of sanctions in the country is to be a success, however, someone must blink first.

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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