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Banks must reconnect with female clients

March 28, 2014

As women's economic empowerment continues to rise, while overall countrywide growth slows, banks must do more to meet the expectations of their female clients and tap into this often neglected and under-served market. 

Brazil needs a reform plan

March 27, 2014

Brazil's economy may be growing, but not fast enough. Standard & Poor's sovereign downgrade, on the eve of this year's Inter-American Development Bank in Brazil, is a call to action for a country in desperate need of economic reform.

A new kind of emerging market shock

March 21, 2014

With emerging economies accounting for a growing proportion of global trade and finance, their strategic decisions have the potential to rock the global markets.

Give the co-operative model a chance

March 13, 2014

The resignation of the CEO of the UK's Co-operative Group shows that running any bank – listed or co-operative – is fraught with difficulties. But it does not mean that the co-operative model is completely unfeasible.

Nigeria's credibility on the line

March 3, 2014

In Nigeria, ousted central bank governor Lamido Sanusi is under scrutiny. However, on an international level, it is the government that should be worrying about its reputation.

The glory days are long gone for RBS

February 21, 2014

Having forced Royal Bank of Scotland to adopt what it deems a less risky business model, the UK government can say goodbye to its chances of breaking even when it sells the bank.

Kuwait governor's Islamic finance agenda

February 14, 2014

Kuwait’s central bank governor Mohammad al-Hashel is at the forefront of new thinking on Islamic finance.

The danger of unleashing a currency war

January 31, 2014

Developed economies will only have themselves to blame if emerging economies start adopting China's approach to currency control.

Why Germany wins when it comes to financial regulation

January 27, 2014

The financial regulatory landscape in Europe is being hailed as a better place by senior politicians, but better for whom? All of the victories seem to be German in nature, with the UK's influence diminishing ever further.

The banking bonus blind spot

January 15, 2014

Banker bashing rhetoric is deflecting from the fact that large banking bonuses are actually good for the economy.

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