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Brian Caplen blog 2016

Will Japan’s economy recover in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020?

August 23, 2016

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.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Why isn't infrastructure investment booming?

August 16, 2016

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.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Are regional banks really safer than their global counterparts?

August 9, 2016

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.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

What do the EU’s bank stress tests really tell us?

August 2, 2016

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.

Massimo Arrighetti

SIA chief lauds move to real time in the eurozone

August 1, 2016

The European payments landscape is in the midst of great change. Massimo Arrighetti, CEO of SIA, outlines to Joy Macknight his vision of a future payments ecosystem. 

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Standard Bank CIB chief takes on the universal model

August 1, 2016

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. 

Credit Suisse team of the month

Credit Suisse takes out extra insurance

August 1, 2016

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. 

Carlos Fernandez Valdovinos

Paraguay central bank governor: a steady hand in a turbulent region

August 1, 2016

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. 

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.

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