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Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico's banks poised to reap the rewards of new reforms

The swathe of new reforms being proposed by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto have the potential to open up new avenues of business for the country's banks, both large and small.

Swift’s chief executive Gottfried Leibbrandt

Swift's chief executive discusses Sibos agenda

Ahead of the annual Sibos conference, The Banker’s editor Brian Caplen discusses the event’s agenda with Swift’s chief executive Gottfried Leibbrandt. They consider the impact of inbound regulations, the rise of new technologies, the big data challenge, emerging market growth and the wider economic picture.

Opportunities abound in African agriculture

Cropping up: Opportunities abound in African agriculture

Africa’s agricultural sector may still be underdeveloped, but it is growing as investors increasingly seek to exploit local and regional sources of demand and develop the continent’s processing capacity. A greater provision of banking services is also helping.

Holding their line: just two banking groups – JPMorgan and Société Générale – hold Ring-dealer status  on the London Metal Exchange after Barclays resigned its seat at the end of 2012

Commodities brokers move to fill the gaps

The withdrawal of some banking groups from commodities trading has created opportunities for independent brokers, but regulation, automation and competition still make it a challenging business.

Commodities players battle to stay the course

Commodities players battle to stay the course

Long-only commodities funds suffered poor returns in 2012 and investment banks saw their revenues squeezed, but there are still growth opportunities.

What future for the CFTC?

The reauthorisation of the US regulator should be a formality, but the combination of Dodd-Frank implementation and the MF Global failure have made for a deeper discussion of the agency’s future.

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Emerging market banks stake claims in commodities

With balance sheet clean-ups continuing in Europe and the US, banks in emerging markets have grabbed the opportunity to forge stronger relationships with local commodity producers. 

TEASER-Green energy feels the chill

Green energy feels the chill

Tighter bank financing, falling government subsidies and rising US shale gas production are all putting the squeeze on the renewable energy industry.

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Merchant traders adapt to new financial landscape

Despite well-publicised retrenchment in commodities finance by some European banks, merchant trading companies are still able to find sources of funding expand their business lines.

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ECB relieves pressure on commodities finance

The worst of the liquidity squeeze on eurozone banks has eased conditions for commodities finance during 2012, but the business still faces significant challenges.

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