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Brian Caplen blog 2016

Better service? First liberate your workers

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CEO visions for a new banking model will fail if more pressure is put on employees. State Bank of India is taking a different approach, as Brian Caplen discovers.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​Zen and the art of Brexit wobbles

December 5, 2017

The Irish border issue shows how tortuous the Brexit process will be and how easily talks could​ collapse. Worried bankers should study a new report on what happens if there is no deal, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​Where is the reporting robot?

November 28, 2017

Banks have added huge staff numbers to cope with regulation and compliance. Consultants and regtech may eventually put this trend into reverse, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Would modified MiFID keep Lloyd Blankfein in London?

November 21, 2017

There has been talk of deregulating London to keep it competitive after Brexit. MiFID II would be a good place to start, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Will there be an EU banking union in time for the next crisis?

November 14, 2017

With the continuing problems of banks holding large amounts of sovereign bonds as well as high NPL levels, the prospects for completing an EU banking union are poor, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Crypto is capital despite Dimon's rant

November 7, 2017

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is among the critics of both Bitcoin and initial coin offerings. But, properly regulated, they c​an ​be an effective way to raise capital, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Digital or die: why banks are in last-chance saloon on ROE

October 31, 2017

Return on equity remains a depressing story and only those banks embracing digital have any hope of turning things around, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Making international payments at domestic prices

October 24, 2017

The pressures being felt in the payments industry are set to continue as banks prepare for fees to go even lower. And, as Brian Caplen writes, it is mid-sized banks that are under the biggest threat.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Are bankers obsessed with regulation?

October 18, 2017

A survey released at Sibos 2017 shows that bankers think the industry is being driven by regulation while fintech entrepreneurs think it is all about customer expectations. There is a message here, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Be paranoid, invest or die

October 17, 2017

The chilling message from Sibos 2017 is that banks need to invest in their payments infrastructure without the prospect of a return, writes Brian Caplen.

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