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Why Moody’s is right about China

May 30, 2017

Rating agency Moody's got a stiff rebuke from China’s finance ministry following its sovereign downgrade but the rationale is realistic and measured, writes Brian Caplen.

Talking tough on Brexit: a German perspective

May 29, 2017

Andreas Dombret, a board member at Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, tells Stefanie Linhardt about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, and what banks looking to relocate from the UK to Germany should expect.

Banks should heed ECB guidance on bad loans

May 29, 2017

Europe is stooped under the weight of its non-performing loans. However, the European Central Bank has now issued detailed guidance on managing NPLs that could be adopted as bank strategy, says Conor Houlihan of law firm Dillon Eustace.

Can banks stand out in the cloud?

May 29, 2017

In a rapidly innovating technological world, banks need to follow the lead of the fintechs and embrace cloud computing. If they don't, they risk being left behind.

Africa's free-trade zone: an opportunity too good to miss

May 29, 2017

As protectionist policies find favour around the world, Africa's Tripartite Free Trade Area could buck the trend and give the continent a much-needed shot in the arm. However, there is still much to be agreed upon before it can be implemented.

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What can banks learn from GE?

May 23, 2017

In forging their digital strategy, banks have focused too heavily on consumer companies such as Facebook and Netflix. They should, writes Brian Caplen, look instead at what GE is doing.

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Waking up to WannaCry

May 16, 2017

The IT costs of running a bank are already horrendous. But as the recent ransomware attack shows, any bank that doesn’t install the latest software and keep it updated is asking for trouble, writes Brian Caplen.

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​Why German taxpayers are Europe’s weak link

May 9, 2017

With Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France, the populist threat to the EU has receded. But, asks Brian Caplen, longer term the bigger issue is who will pay for it?

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Have Western economies hit 'peak stuff'?

May 2, 2017

Millennials think doing things is more important than buying things. Brian Caplen assesses what this means for the banks when they decide on credit card and personal loan limits.

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HSBC brings its markets business into the innovation fold

May 2, 2017

HSBC’s innovation lead for global markets, Dr Patrick Mang, talks to Joy Macknight about developing an innovation roadmap for the bank’s capital markets group, and how the democratisation of innovation is changing the way it operates.  

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