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​Zen and the art of Brexit wobbles

December 5, 2017

The Irish border issue shows how tortuous the Brexit process will be and how easily talks could​ collapse. Worried bankers should study a new report on what happens if there is no deal, writes Brian Caplen.

Mobile wallets: a very relevant threat to the banking establishment

December 1, 2017

Contrary to popular belief, banks are capable of adapting to change. They need to recognise that the mobile wallet requires a savvy response, writes Chris Skinner.

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Barclays’ head of UK investment banking enjoys unlikely success story

December 1, 2017

Barclays’ head of UK investment banking talks to Danielle Myles about the growth of its advisory and equity businesses, and how it cracked the corporate broking market.

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Nepal’s central bank chief seeks more stability and fewer banks

December 1, 2017

Nepal is grappling with interest rate and liquidity volatility as well as a relatively large banking sector that has 28 commercial banks. Chiranjibi Nepal, governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, tells Stefania Palma how the central bank is addressing these issues.

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Deutsche backs risk premia as a hedge fund alternative

December 1, 2017

Some investors are turning to alternative risk premia, citing it as a cheaper hedge fund substitute with the added appeal of better transparency. Edward Russell-Walling reports on Deutsche Bank, which has strong claims on being the market leader in this field.

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Italy's Snam closes book on busy 2017

December 1, 2017

Italian energy company Snam demerged from Italgas in 2016, and since then has pulled off several deals to reduce its debt financing costs, ultimately leading to a rating upgrade. David Wigan reports.

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Is optimism for 2018 justified?

December 1, 2017

Shock election outcomes, concerns about global protectionism and the consequences of the Brexit vote led to a general air of pessimism going into 2017, yet the markets remain sanguine in the face of myriad risks, even into 2018. Is this optimism well placed – or just complacency? Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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​Where is the reporting robot?

November 28, 2017

Banks have added huge staff numbers to cope with regulation and compliance. Consultants and regtech may eventually put this trend into reverse, writes Brian Caplen.

The ECB’s NPL proposal highlights the need for a rethink on regulation

November 27, 2017

The European Central Bank’s guidelines regarding non-performing loans are the result of an irregular process and mean more compliance headaches for banks, writes Giovanni Sabatini of the European Banking Federation.

Paraguay's finance minister brings youth to the table

November 27, 2017

Paraguay’s finance minister, Lea Giménez, talks to Silvia Pavoni about curbing government inefficiency and what a changing economy means for the country’s younger generation.

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