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Best ignore the IMF's conflicting advice

June 4, 2014

The International Monetary Fund seems to have one set of rules for developing countries and another entirely for developed economies. And neither is particularly effective.

Europe should agree to disagree

May 27, 2014

The political and economic discord resonating across Europe makes regional integration, in the form of the EU or the eurozone, completely unworkable. Nevertheless these ill-thought out unions are carrying on regardless, threatening to do more harm than good.

Non-banks shouldn't be allowed to lurk in the shadows

May 16, 2014

Non-banks have become systemically important, and so regulating these institutions needs to become a priority for policy-makers.

It will take radical steps to undo rise in inequality

May 8, 2014

A new work by Thomas Piketty, chronicling the rise of income inequality, has become an unlikely best seller. But, while the French economist's observations about the uneven distribution of wealth certainly ring true, the solutions he offers to this growing problem are not nearly radical enough.

Why Generation Y do not 'like' banks

April 28, 2014

Many younger customers feel let down by their bank's digital offering, specifically the lack of a social media element. And most banks do not seem to know how to placate this growing market segment.

Finally, a way for banks to use big data

April 16, 2014

Data security is big business, as evidenced by the impact of the 'Heartbleed' bug, and it is an area that banks should be instinctively moving towards.

Where is India's political all-rounder?

April 11, 2014

In choosing their next leader, Indians are essentially having to choose between economic and political stability, with neither of the two major candidates likely to satisfy on both scores. 

Banks must reconnect with female clients

March 28, 2014

As women's economic empowerment continues to rise, while overall countrywide growth slows, banks must do more to meet the expectations of their female clients and tap into this often neglected and under-served market. 

Brazil needs a reform plan

March 27, 2014

Brazil's economy may be growing, but not fast enough. Standard & Poor's sovereign downgrade, on the eve of this year's Inter-American Development Bank in Brazil, is a call to action for a country in desperate need of economic reform.

A new kind of emerging market shock

March 21, 2014

With emerging economies accounting for a growing proportion of global trade and finance, their strategic decisions have the potential to rock the global markets.

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