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Zeti Akhtar Aziz: why Asia will be ready for the next crisis

September 1, 2017

The former governor of Malaysia’s central bank underlines the need to build resilience to manage future shocks to the global financial system, highlighting Asia’s comprehensive policy response after the 1997 financial crisis.

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Raiffeisen Bank International rides CEE rebound with AT1 debut

September 1, 2017

The uptick in the fortunes of key central and eastern European economies has given a boost to Raiffeisen Bank International, which made its additional Tier 1 securities debut in June. David Wigan assesses the success of this move.

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Rodrigo Valdes: copper's bottom will not shake Chile

September 1, 2017

Chile has suffered an economic slowdown in the past few years as the price of its main export, copper, tumbled. However, efforts to diversify investment and increase competition are paying off. Now the country must leverage its reputation for stability and hold a steady fiscal course amid political elections in order to continue its hard-won progress, writes the country's finance minister. 

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Tony Elumelu: why Africapitalists will build a continent's future

September 1, 2017

While Africa comprises diverse countries with disparate fortunes, its most successful economies typically rely on a strong private sector. But as the G20 launches a 'compact' with Africa to accelerate private sector growth, it is crucial that this consists of a long-term partnership with the continent that promotes local entrepreneurship, writes the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

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José Viñals: the chance for banks to show their worth

September 1, 2017

A decade after the global financial crisis, with its legacy of low interest rates, and amid the threat of disruptive fintechs, international banks must be a force for good, providing expertise and finance to encourage global trade, writes the group chairman of Standard Chartered. 

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Bruno Le Maire: France is back in business

September 1, 2017

France embraced change at its recent presidential election, writes its minister for the economy and finance. Now Emmanuel Macron’s new government aims to transform the economy by reforming labour laws, cutting business taxes, boosting training and overhauling the pension system. It also has its eye on shaking up the EU.  

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Sharon Bowles: the intertwining strands of the clearing conundrum

September 1, 2017

When in 2009 the G20 essentially deemed that 'everything had to be regulated', clearing swiftly became a bone of contention between the UK and the EU. Almost a decade later, Brexit looks likely to revive the old arguments, writes the former chair of the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.

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Guy Debelle: why the FX Global Code matters

September 1, 2017

The FX Global Code was launched in May 2017 to restore market trust and encourage a well-functioning wholesale foreign exchange market. Now is the time for market participants to sign up to the code and embed best practice in their daily activities, writes the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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CYBG COO looks to boost SME digital offering

September 1, 2017

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ group chief operating officer, Debbie Crosbie, speaks to Joy Macknight about how the challenger bank is better serving its SME client base by revamping its IT infrastructure.

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​Is Lagarde’s Beijing card a Trump joker?

August 29, 2017

Managing director Christine Lagarde says that within the next 10 years the IMF could be headquartered in Beijing rather than Washington. Maybe, writes Brian Caplen, there is a hidden message for the IMF sceptics in the Trump administration.

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