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Brian Caplen blog 2016

Can banks make money from platforms?

May 8, 2018

The traditional banking model is under threat and a new one is emerging. But, asks Brian Caplen, can it be profitable?

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Waiting for CMU? Why not Schuldschein?

May 1, 2018

While politics continues to inhibit progress towards Capital Markets Union, the European private placement market can expect to find itself in the spotlight, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Keeping funds safe in a crisis

April 23, 2018

Ten years on from the financial crisis, investment managers and corporate treasurers are still haunted by the prospect of markets freezing and banks crashing. But, asks Brian Caplen, what happens if their funds are caught in the middle?

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Artificial intelligence needs a human touch

April 17, 2018

Banks' AI programmes are only as good as the data underlying them and the intelligence of the human beings doing the interpretation, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Will China do enough to avert a trade war?

April 10, 2018

Behind the verbal spats between Donald Trump and China there are signs that China is opening its markets and a trade war can be avoided, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

What the Facebook crisis means for banks

April 3, 2018

The Facebook data crisis needs a measured response. With banks trying to turn themselves into tech platforms, any new rules imposed on the tech firms will apply to them too, writes Brian Caplen.

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.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Latin ​America prices US risk

March 22, 2018

The world is being turned upside down, writes Brian Caplen. US banks used to worry about Latin American risk but now the region's banks are concerned about US risk and the next Trump tweet.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Banking's North-South digital divide

March 20, 2018

​The biggest profits from digital banking will not be in Europe or North America but in Brazil and other key emerging markets, writes Brian Caplen.

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