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Don't expect regulators to solve volatile markets

January 25, 2016

Regulatory constraints on bank balance sheets may result in reduced market liquidity, but regulators are willing to pay that price to build more resilient financial institutions.

Chinese regulators and foreign investors need to meet in the middle

January 25, 2016

Worries over China's economy would abate if market authorities communicated better and avoided overzealous interventions. And, for their part, investors should keep their cool when faced with less-than-stellar growth figures.

A 90-year search for the right model

January 4, 2016

Technology and markets may change, but the model for sound banking is still based on the same tenets as when our magazine was founded.

Capital markets union – a quick fix to Europe’s growth problems?

January 4, 2016

Strengthening EU equity and venture capital markets is a valuable idea, but its success will still depend on a change in investor attitudes and a reduction of sovereign risks.

Co-operation is key for resolution regimes

November 23, 2015

The Financial Stability Board has worked hard to complete its total loss-absorbing capacity rules for banks, and individual jurisdictions must ensure clear and co-ordinated implementation. 

Commercial cards: old rails, new tricks

November 23, 2015

Renewed interest in commercial card programmes has led to a flurry of innovation in the space, ultimately giving corporates more flexibility.

New CEOs face tough investment banking decisions

October 26, 2015

It is a tough time to be the head of an investment bank, as new regulations and the need to cut costs take their toll.

Awakening the sleeping giants of Islamic finance

October 26, 2015

Financial institutions are looking to the new markets of south-east Asia and Africa as the Islamic finance industry evolves. 

Iran and Cuba's warm welcome could run cold

August 24, 2015

Major progress has been achieved in the reconciliation between the US and its old adversaries, Cuba and Iran. But there are many hurdles to be overcome before normal relations are restored.

An era of common sense? Here's hoping...

August 24, 2015

Now that the effects of the crisis are settling, it is time for new, sensible rules to prevent banks from getting into trouble again.

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