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BitPesa eases FX pain in Africa

January 2, 2018

Elizabeth Rossiello, founder and chief executive of BitPesa, talks to Joy Macknight about using Bitcoin and its underlying technology, blockchain, to resolve currency exchange issues in African markets. 

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Nestor A Espenilla, Jr.: problems may be traditional, but solutions cannot be

January 2, 2018

While the Philipines enjoys a growing economy and stable finances, we do not underestimate the tough challenges of poverty, demographic change, technological advances and geopolitical risks. These can only be countered by looking outside the traditional solutions, says Nestor A Espenilla, Jr, the governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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Ewald Nowotny: the renaissance of central European banking

January 2, 2018

Austrian banks were early movers into central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. But the traditional Austrian-based parent companies with regional subsidiaries have transformed into modern, integrated entities that bring together staff and technology from across the region, to the benefit of all, says Österreichische Nationalbank governor Ewald Nowotny.

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Innogy green bond launch proves a breeze

January 2, 2018

Innogy, the youthful business that was spun out of RWE in 2016, found plenty of takers when it decided on a green bond programme to complement its sustainable wind energy credentials. David Wigan reports.

Is Bitcoin evolving into a store of value?

January 2, 2018

Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto originally suggested it as a peer-to-peer form of electronic cash. But as the cryptocurrency gains credibility as an asset class, and demand grows for its use in emerging markets, it is beginning to resemble gold as a store of value, writes Daniele Bianchi. 

When innovation and compliance clash

January 2, 2018

The tough regulation of banks is essential to maintain trust in the sector and is one element fintech firms could find weighs on their innovation as they get more established and are required to comply, says Chris Skinner.

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Ken Moelis: why banks must work hard to welcome millennials

January 2, 2018

Banks should endeavour to attract tech-savvy, creative and disruptive millennials, as this generation has much to offer the industry, says the founder of investment bank Moelis & Company.

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Mark von Rosing: the changing nature of international trade

January 2, 2018

The new industrial revolution and digital transformation, which will enable smart thinking, working and automation across multiple industries, are changing the nature of trade, both digital as well as physical, writes the founder of enterprise standards body LEADing Practice.

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Stéphane Boujnah: Europe must ignore ‘pessimism of impatience’

January 2, 2018

A post-Brexit EU must remain focused on its collective strengths, which include the banking union and a strong financial infrastructure, if it is to compete in the global economy, writes the CEO and chairman of the managing board of Euronext.

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Jean-Claude Trichet: central bank and the emergence of conceptual convergence

January 2, 2018

Following the financial crisis, major central banks had a remarkable convergence of approach and acted to avoid a meltdown. But global leveraging has not slowed and there is a risk of complacency in some quarters, warns the former ECB president.

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