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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. 

Boosting business, African style

May 26, 2015

Regional payments systems will help bolster Africa's developing financial infrastructure.  

Nigeria's election calm: good news for Africa?

April 27, 2015

The smooth transition of power in Nigeria bodes well for better governance across the continent.

Banks and regulators need to catch their breath

April 27, 2015

The banking industry is asking regulators to pause to assess the impact of all reforms undertaken in the post-crisis environment. And not before time.

Banker Opinion

The tricky task of killing off the sovereign risk subsidy

March 20, 2015

The sovereign risk weight subsidy is an obvious target for regulators looking to shore up bank balance sheets, but getting rid of it will be easier said than done. 

Banker Opinion

Change afoot for financing SMEs

March 20, 2015

Policymakers are keen to stimulate more bank financing for small and medium enterprises, but technology is enabling non-banks to fill the gap more effectively.

Latam starts bridging the infrastructure gap

February 23, 2015

For too long, Latin America has been thwarted by its infrastructure deficit. Finally, the launch of several major projects and myriad small but no less significant ones, suggests that it is doing something about this.

The long and the short of capital markets union

February 23, 2015

There is little in the capital markets union proposals that will offer immediate economic benefit to the EU, but that does not make the project any less worthwhile.

Time for shareholders to join bankers' pay debate

January 26, 2015

Regulators are fretting over the structure of bankers' pay; shareholders should be more worried about the size of it.

Banks need to rethink acquiring strategies

January 26, 2015

The proliferation of payment innovations being launched is only serving to confuse consumers.

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