Ups and downs as Asia moves to the next level

April 1, 2016

The Banker and the Nikkei Asian Review are now sister publications following the Nikkei’s acquisition of the Financial Times in December. We are delighted to present this joint report to coincide with the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Frankfurt in early May.

Sukuk moves add to mood of optimism for Kuwaiti Islamic finance

April 1, 2016

Kuwait boasts one of the most respected Islamic finance markets in the world. But ever keen to move with the times, the country is establishing a capital markets authority law designed to develop the domestic sukuk market, one of many recent boosts the industry has received.

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Indonesian FM enjoys a promising present and an exciting future

January 4, 2016

Indonesia's minister of finance discusses the country's efforts to achieve a sustainable growth path. Budget reforms and fiscal stimulus have already been pushed through. But to tackle the question of poor infrastructure, the government needs more than increased investment.

Cyber security: making banking safer

Cyber security: making banking safer

January 4, 2016

Protecting the banks’ crown jewels – money and personal data – may have become more difficult than ever, but financial institutions have fortified their defences with a little help from their fintech friends.


Tackling Europe's migrant crisis: a CEB view

January 4, 2016

If their integration into society is properly managed, the influx of migrants to Europe could be beneficial to the region's economy, argues Rolf Wenzel, governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank.

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Iran's finance minister seeks positive post-sanctions outlook

January 4, 2016

Iran's potential – with its abundant natural resources, young and educated workforce, advantageous geographical location and emerging status as a tourism hub – can now be realised with the sanctions imposed against the country dropped. This is an opportunity that cannot be missed, writes Ali Taiebnia, the country's minister of economic affairs and finance.

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Resilience, reform, confidence: the rise of a recovering Italy

January 4, 2016

Italy has weathered a severe economic storm over the past few years but, with the help of foreign investment, the country is now on track to regain its strength and competitiveness, writes Fabio Gallia, CEO of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

Can the EU come to an agreement on the capital markets union

Can the EU come to an agreement on the capital markets union?

January 4, 2016

While there is a lot of support for the creation of a single capital market in Europe, regulators, politicians and industry participants are struggling to agree on how best to harmonise rules and regulations across the 28 member states. 

Debate on misconduct moves beyond regulation

January 4, 2016

The search for industry standards focuses minds on fostering an open and innovative environment where good conduct and good performance co-exist.

Three lines of defence rebuilt for cyber threat

January 4, 2016

The UK's Senior Managers Regime seeks to formalise responsibility for risk, yet the threat of cyber attack sits outside of traditional risk governance standards, and means that protecting against such attacks will require a rethink of the traditional 'three lines of defence' model.

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