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Financial exclusion: an unintended consequence of derisking

March 27, 2017

Outdated legislation and unclear government policies mean less developed countries are the ones to suffer as a result of anti-money laundering strategies.

Finance minister Indrawati takes on Indonesia’s most taxing problem

March 27, 2017

As finance minister of Indonesia, one of Sri Mulyani Indrawati’s priorities is to boost government revenue by tackling low tax receipts. These are caused by an overly complicated system – but modifying regulation will be a slow process. Meanwhile, she has major industries that are paying relatively low levels of tax in her sights, as Stefania Palma reports.

All eyes on financial sector as Brexit begins

March 27, 2017

The triggering of Article 50 heralds the beginning of the end for the UK in the EU. The financial services sector can only wait to see what will happen to London's clearing house business. 

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Banks must still act global and think smart

March 21, 2017

Banks must not be derailed by anti-globalisation forces, writes Brian Caplen. The long-term trend is for interconnected smart cities, many of which are located in Asia.

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Banks must prepare for a hard Brexit

March 14, 2017

With the triggering of Article 50 coming shortly, the countdown to the UK’s departure from the EU will begin. Banks need to assume the worst outcome in their planning, writes Brian Caplen.

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Is stress testing good for you?

March 7, 2017

Banks should stop complaining about stress testing and start using it to better understand their business models – although, surprisingly, there does not seem to be an off-the-shelf platform to do the job, writes Brian Caplen.

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Lloyds Banking Group gears up for the digital talent war

March 1, 2017

Lloyds Banking Group director of innovation Claire Calmejane understands only too well how hard it is to attract talent in the digital space. She outlines to Joy Macknight how the group is bringing in, upskilling and retaining the right staff.

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SGCIB looks to fill the covered bonds gap

March 1, 2017

No one in the covered bonds market had a busier start to 2017 than Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, seen as a leading liquidity provider. And while others are pulling out of the sector, SGCIB perceives this as a chance to increase its share of the market, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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UniCredit CIB’s co-heads find one and one make three

March 1, 2017

UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking’s co-chiefs talk to Danielle Myles about the bank’s new strategic plan, leveraging the bank’s vast corporate client base, and how the division stands to benefit from Brexit. 

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Will banks follow the reshoring trend?

February 28, 2017

The reshoring of manufacturing is well under way but the globalisation of services is set to continue. However, as Brian Caplen writes, for banks the offshoring/reshoring calculation is extremely complex.

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