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The tricky task of killing off the sovereign risk subsidy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reform needed in 2015

Genuine economic reforms will be vital to offset growing volatility in emerging markets.

Why real-time payments are not yet a reality

The US is working towards real-time payments, but will they actually be an improvement for banks?

Too soon to call time on too big to fail

The G20 has asked the Financial Stability Board to test the potential impact of measures to end bank bail-outs before providing its seal of approval.

Hong Kong’s unique but working system

Hong Kong's current political system – a halfway house between Western-style democracy and Chinese single-party socialism – strikes the perfect balance, at least as far as business is concerned.

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