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BNP Paribas CIB chief enjoys European position of strength

September 1, 2017

The head of corporate and institutional banking at BNP Paribas, Yann Gérardin, speaks with Danielle Myles about preparing a full-scale corporate and investment banking model for disintermediation, acting from a position of strength and the early success of the lender's transformation plan.

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group makes its Africa move

September 1, 2017

Following Japan's 2016 decision to invest $30bn in African infrastructure and health systems, the country's biggest lender, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has been quick to make its move into the continent. In establishing partnerships with various African development finance institutions, it sees an opportunity to generate business as well as bring two of its key arms closer together. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Elvira Nabiullina: how Russia is meeting inflation expectations

September 1, 2017

Russia's central bank governor talks to Stefanie Linhardt about how the country is reaching its inflation targets, why its international reserves have been rising, what impact low interest rates have had, and why Russia's banking sector is now in a stable position.

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Yves Mersch: the case for keeping cash

September 1, 2017

In a digital age where financial institutions are trying to keep pace with the fintechs, there is still a case for cash, writes a member of the European Central Bank’s executive board.

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Petrobras CEO looks beyond debt and scandal to a greener future

September 1, 2017

The CEO of Brazil’s beleaguered state oil producer Petrobras, Pedro Parente, talks to Silvia Pavoni about the scandal-riven company's five-year plan to reduce its debts, how it is handling mounting environmental concerns, and what it is doing to cope in an era of low commodity prices. 

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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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