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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.

The public-private solution to the Asean's infrastructure conundrum

August 28, 2017

After a spell of economic success, the 10 member-states of the Association of South-east Asian Nations face a more challenging future due to both infrastructure deficiencies and a rapidly changing demographic. Don Kanak, chairman of Eastspring Investments, explains why businesses and governments must come together to confront the issues. 

Africa shows the way in microinsurance

August 28, 2017

Technology is finally making microinsurance for the poorest viable for both consumers and companies, with African countries leading the way in innovation. 

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​Too little data, too much IT

August 22, 2017

Banks are supposed to be sitting on masses of data which, if they could put it to work, would be gold dust. In fact they need more data to do a proper job, writes Brian Caplen.

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When the internet is slower and costlier than the branch

August 15, 2017

For all the talk about channel integration, banks have little in the way of back-up when online banking goes awry. The trusty branch – maybe shared by competitor banks – needs to play its part, writes Brian Caplen.

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How to stop robots seizing control of your bank

August 8, 2017

In the Musk-Zuckerberg debate, artificial intelligence could either ruin or save the planet. In responding to the AI challenge, banks need to be aware of the risks, writes Brian Caplen.

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