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How the World Bank scored an SDG bond first

August 1, 2017

The World Bank’s green bond issuance recently passed the $10bn milestone. Treasury capital markets director George Richardson explains to David Wigan how it is now spearheading other sustainable instruments.

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How White & Case is helping the Middle East to tap capital markets

August 1, 2017

Regulatory changes affecting the lending abilities of international banks, a reduction in government deposits, and still-low oil prices have seen many in the Middle East turn to the capital markets to raise funds. This plays into the hands of law firm White & Case, which has a long-standing presence in the region, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Low interest and high debt – it must end badly

July 25, 2017

Western households have binged on low-interest debt. Banks need to be ready for when it all goes south, writes Brian Caplen.

Risk management in the banking sector: the role of management accountants

July 24, 2017

Risk management is a permanent fixture of the financial world, so it is wise to take the smart approach to hiring management accountants, writes Andrew Harding of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

What telcos can teach banks about inclusion

July 24, 2017

Kenya and Tanzania have shown that using a telecoms company-led approach can be the quickest way to increase access for the unbanked. 

Why fintech firms are leaving conventional banks for dust

July 24, 2017

Traditional banks are so slow to change that they risk being left behind by the nimble fintechs that are creating a parallel financial ecosystem, writes Chris Skinner.

Russia grasps the nettle on pension reforms

July 24, 2017

The Russian government faces widespread disagreement and scepticism as it takes on the challenge of pensions reform.

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Online credit checks – will they stay legal?

July 18, 2017

Credit scoring using alternative data has been lauded as a way to end financial exclusion. But tougher data protection rules could bring everything to a halt, writes Brian Caplen.

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Why Africa’s sky-high returns are China-bound

July 11, 2017

Banks in Africa have the highest returns on capital in the world, and the potential in other sectors is equally huge. But, writes Brian Caplen, China is so far ahead in the investment game on the continent that it may be difficult for rivals to catch up.

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UK challenger banks punch above their weight

July 4, 2017

The Banker’s Top 1000 ranking shows how UK challenger banks are making better returns than the established players, writes Brian Caplen.

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