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Can banks stand out in the cloud?

May 29, 2017

In a rapidly innovating technological world, banks need to follow the lead of the fintechs and embrace cloud computing. If they don't, they risk being left behind.

Africa's free-trade zone: an opportunity too good to miss

May 29, 2017

As protectionist policies find favour around the world, Africa's Tripartite Free Trade Area could buck the trend and give the continent a much-needed shot in the arm. However, there is still much to be agreed upon before it can be implemented.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

What can banks learn from GE?

May 23, 2017

In forging their digital strategy, banks have focused too heavily on consumer companies such as Facebook and Netflix. They should, writes Brian Caplen, look instead at what GE is doing.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Waking up to WannaCry

May 16, 2017

The IT costs of running a bank are already horrendous. But as the recent ransomware attack shows, any bank that doesn’t install the latest software and keep it updated is asking for trouble, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​Why German taxpayers are Europe’s weak link

May 9, 2017

With Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France, the populist threat to the EU has receded. But, asks Brian Caplen, longer term the bigger issue is who will pay for it?

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Have Western economies hit 'peak stuff'?

May 2, 2017

Millennials think doing things is more important than buying things. Brian Caplen assesses what this means for the banks when they decide on credit card and personal loan limits.

Patrick Mang teaser

HSBC brings its markets business into the innovation fold

May 2, 2017

HSBC’s innovation lead for global markets, Dr Patrick Mang, talks to Joy Macknight about developing an innovation roadmap for the bank’s capital markets group, and how the democratisation of innovation is changing the way it operates.  

Should the UK pay financial rewards to whistleblowers?

May 2, 2017

UK authorities have so far balked at the suggestion of introducing significant US-style financial rewards for whistleblowers. Hannah Laming of law firm Peters & Peters asks if it is time for a rethink.

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Barclays leads chemicals M&A renaissance

May 2, 2017

In a busy chemicals M&A arena, Barclays' EMEA team has been making waves. Edward Russell-Walling looks at its work on the acquisition of the US's Airgas by France's Air Liquide, as well as compatriot Total's sale of Atotech.

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Caixa Geral marks Portugal’s AT1 return

May 2, 2017

Despite an EU bailout last year, in March state-owned Caixa Geral de Depositos felt confident about launching the first issuance from a Portuguese bank in about two years, as Joanne Hart reports.

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