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Andreas Dombret: the German view of Brexit

March 28, 2017

Andreas Dombret, member of the board at Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany's central bank, tells Stefanie Linhardt about the issues banks thinking of re-locating to Germany would have to consider, the negative consequences lower standards of regulation could bring for financial markets and the risks of a 'no deal' Brexit.

Finance minister Indrawati takes on Indonesia’s most taxing problem

March 27, 2017

As finance minister of Indonesia, one of Sri Mulyani Indrawati’s priorities is to boost government revenue by tackling low tax receipts. These are caused by an overly complicated system – but modifying regulation will be a slow process. Meanwhile, she has major industries that are paying relatively low levels of tax in her sights, as Stefania Palma reports.

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The five-year plan to transform Sri Lanka

January 30, 2017

Sri Lanka has emerged from decades of national unrest and is now fighting to combat corruption and instil fiscal discipline. Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake outlines the government’s new vision for economic development to Jacopo Dettoni. 

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Bridget Van Kralingen: the collaborative solution to regulatory compliance

January 3, 2017

New technologies, such as cloud, cognitive computing and blockchain, look to radically change the role of the regulator and drive down the cost of compliance for banks. 

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Sri Mulyani Indrawati: reforms crucial for sharing prosperity

January 3, 2017

Indonesia’s newly appointed finance minister explains why she returned to her home country to take up the role, and outlines her economic policy objectives.

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Ludger Schuknecht: Fiscal normality must be the focus

January 3, 2017

The risks of blind fiscal expansion to generate growth are too great. The priority should fall upon fiscal consolidation and improving the quality of public finances instead.

Bill Winters' take on China, Trump and the new world order

January 3, 2017

Despite global political uncertainty, emerging market banks will benefit from the shift of power to China, Standard Chartered CEO Bill Winters tells Silvia Pavoni.

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Fazle Kabir: The unconventional route to financial inclusion

January 3, 2017

Eschewing monetary policy norms can support growth and lead to positive outcomes for the socially and financially excluded, as Bangladesh is demonstrating.

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Andreas Dombret: Basel should rethink proportionality in banking regulation

January 2, 2017

Has the global harmonisation of banking regulation led to an overly universal approach? International and EU policy-makers should consider introducing less complex regulations for small, low-risk institutions.

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Jean Pierre Mustier: Why streamlining is crucial for Italy's banks

January 2, 2017

Italy has been slow to bounce back from the financial crises that have rocked both the globe and the eurozone, but its banks are driving recovery by taking tough measures to slim down and sharpen their focus.

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