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The innovator’s view of Open Banking

April 3, 2018

Banks were underprepared for Open Banking, but, asks Chris Skinner, will this bring fresh opportunities for fintechs?

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Al Rayan unlocks UK sharia-compliant RMBS

April 3, 2018

When the UK’s Al Rayan Bank needed funding to sustain expansion, it was bound by sharia rules on interest. Its innovative solution was a residential mortgage-backed securitisation, which successfully attracted a mixture of investors, as David Wigan reports.

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Greece offers proof of NatWest Markets comeback

April 3, 2018

Greek banks have been regaining access to debt capital markets, a turnaround that has enabled NatWest Markets – RBS's renamed investment banking business – to show its mettle by acting as bookrunner in three major issuances out of the country, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Bangladesh finance minister looks to smaller, simpler sector

April 3, 2018

Bangladesh’s finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, talks to Stefania Palma about the local banking sector, the current account deficit and government revenue, ahead of stepping down at the end of 2018, after a decade at the ministry.

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First Abu Dhabi Bank corporate finance chief champions Middle East

April 3, 2018

Andy Cairns, First Abu Dhabi Bank’s head of global corporate finance, tells Danielle Myles what’s next for Middle Eastern Eurobonds, and how the bank is promoting the region to foreign investors.

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India’s finance minister bullish on affording expansionary budget

April 3, 2018

The finance minister of India, Arun Jaitley, tells Stefania Palma about the newly announced budget, as well as the state of the country’s banking sector following the alleged fraud at Punjab National Bank. 

Majedur Rahman teaser

Dhaka Stock Exchange managing director explains China choice

April 3, 2018

The managing director of the Dhaka Stock Exchange explains to Stefania Palma why the bourse chose investment from a Chinese consortium over a competing offer from India, and how the exchange will grow in the coming years.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Debt defaults in a post-Paris Club world

March 27, 2018

When Russia and China lend to emerging markets it is as much about politics and soft power as it is about economics. This makes any restructuring process unpredictable, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Latin America's long 'to do' list

March 26, 2018

Latin America has come through the recent global recession in better shape than many expected. But that is no reason to hold back on important reforms, writes Brian Caplen.

ADB president says Asia can withstand external shocks

March 26, 2018

Takehiko Nakao, president of the Asian Development Bank, discusses the impact of US Fed rate hikes and the possibility of protectionist US trade policies on a rapidly growing Asian region. Stefania Palma reports.

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