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Trading platforms: a corporate bond salvation?

July 21, 2015

The corporate bond market is increasingly coming under threat from stricter regulation on capital, liquidity and proprietary trading. Can new trading platforms such as TruMid and Electronifie come to the rescue?

Why SMEs are driving the global payments revolution

July 14, 2015

The traditional banking model is failing a new breed of 'global SMEs', whose business model is reliant upon real-time retail payments. Enter the distributed ledger system...

The EU must accept it has slipped up on Greece

July 6, 2015

The problems between Greece and the EU are a result of flawed thinking that no one will admit to. Even still, reaching some sort of deal is in the best interests of all concerned.

Time to take stock of public assets

June 17, 2015

With so many governments struggling under the burden of debt, is it time to rethink the way that public wealth is managed? A new book suggests that it is, and proposes that better managed assets could generate annual returns of up to $3000bn.

Is Portugal a good fit for China's bidders?

June 8, 2015

The good bank emerging from the ashes of Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo is currently being sold, with China's Fosun and Anbang Insurance two of the leading bidders. But, asks Brian Caplen, will either of these companies winning the bid work to anyone's advantage?

Getting off the interest rate roller coaster

May 18, 2015

Central bankers have been battling with interest rates since the crisis, making the management of capital even more difficult for bankers. The answer, according to a recent report by Citi economists, could be to abolish currency, and use alternative stores of value.

The UK general election: what now for the EU and Scotland?

May 8, 2015

With the Conservatives springing a surprise victory in the UK general election, eyes turn towards the coming EU in-out referendum in 2017, as well as renewed calls for Scottish independence.

The UK bank levy: a step too far?

April 28, 2015

The introduction of a bank levy in the UK is not only unfair it is also unlikely to achieve its intended purpose. 

What the West can learn from the AIIB

April 20, 2015

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has already raised more than a few eyebrows in its short life. However, rather than criticise, Western politicians should make note of its focus – oft-ignored infrastructure requirements – and ask why existing such institutions, namely the IMF and World Bank, are deemed insufficient to cope with Asia's needs.

Could fixing the old crisis make the next crisis more painful?

April 10, 2015

Regulators have spent the past few years ensuring that a repeat of the last crisis will not happen. However, as JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has highlighted in a letter to shareholders, these actions could only be serving to worsen the effects of the next crisis. And Brian Caplen thinks he may have a point...

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