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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.

A stock market intervention too far in China?

July 27, 2015

The intervention of the Chinese government when the country's stock market lost more than one-third of its value in mid-June did not surprise many people, but the timing and manner of the action has disappointed some.

Greece and the eurozone need the IMF to act

July 27, 2015

The International Monetary Fund has gradually found its voice in the years since its participation in the Greek bail-out of 2010. Now it must go further.

Tough at the top for China

July 1, 2015

China's rise to the economic ascent will not be without its hiccups, as the country must negotiate the transition from an investment- to a consumption-driven economic model and put its local government expenditures into check.

EEU integration faces uncertain times

June 24, 2015

The Eurasian Economic Union is an ambitious project at a difficult time.

CEE caught between eurozone bulls and Russian bears

May 26, 2015

Countries in central and eastern Europe are being split in terms of their economic outlook, with Russia in deep recession but other countries benefiting from the low oil price. 

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