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When small business goes global

June 20, 2017

With Amazon lending $1bn over the past 12 months to sellers on its platform, banks need to overhaul their SME and trade finance operations or face losing the business, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Rising rates will not increase European bank profits

June 7, 2017

The salvation for depressed European bank earnings is supposed to be rising interest rates. But, writes Brian Caplen, against a backdrop of worsening credit and tougher regulation this may not play out as well as expected.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Using tech the old-fashioned way

June 6, 2017

Hi-tech travelling bankers can aid banks in both improving customer relationships and assessing credit – two banking skills some fear are in decline, writes Brian Caplen.

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LeumiTech CEO looks to make life easier for tech start-ups

June 1, 2017

Understanding the financial needs of tech companies that lose money but grow fast is LeumiTech’s signature business, its CEO explains to Joy Macknight. 

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How the ESM fights fires in the eurozone

June 1, 2017

As managing director of the European Stability Mechanism, Klaus Regling has overseen the bulk of financial assistance provided to ailing eurozone countries throughout the sovereign debt crisis. He talks to Danielle Myles about Greece, the health of the EU’s banking sector and the future of the monetary union.

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HSBC debt capital market chiefs cast their net wide

June 1, 2017

HSBC co-heads of debt capital markets Alexi Chan and Jean-Marc Mercier talk to Danielle Myles about successfully deepening the bank’s Asia presence, tapping into China’s panda market, and why the US is its next growth target. 

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Appetite for infrastructure keeps Nomura busy

June 1, 2017

Nomura’s natural resources, power and infrastructure EMEA team have worked on deals from the Philippines to France, involving airports, roads and power generation, and investors from equally diverse origins. UK water companies are a popular segment – and even Brexit has failed to dull the appetite, as Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Latam catches tailwind with dollar offering

June 1, 2017

Created in 2012, Latam has become Latin America’s leading airlines group. Efforts to manage its debt suffered a false start in 2016 but, as David Wigan reports, earlier this year its bond offering took off.

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Uruguay’s finance minister celebrates return of investor confidence

June 1, 2017

Uruguay’s economy and finance minister, Danilo Astori, talks to Silvia Pavoni about his country’s resistance to recession and its increasing attractiveness to overseas investors. 

Why fintech start-ups think they can beat the banks

June 1, 2017

As high street banks struggle to embrace new technology, start-ups are experiencing a boom – but are they destined to replace traditional banks or merely plug the gaps the established institutions find hard to fill?

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