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Sending money home

Sending money home: how will banks cope in a crowded remittances market?

May 1, 2013

The remittances market is too big to ignore, but with more providers entering the market and with banks struggling to respond to new regulations, how can banks stay relevant?

Losing streak: the value of the yen (pictured) has fallen sharply since October 2012, but the worst-performing currency in 2013 is sterling

Currency managers put faith in volatility

April 2, 2013

The foreign exchange markets have been tough of late, amid relentlessly declining volatility and persistently low returns. However, a shift in the economic landscape may give managers a chance to shine in the coming year and take advantage of new relationships with the banking community.

Regulators unclear on FX clearing

April 2, 2013

Bankers are still uncertain how far new clearing requirements in the EU and US will affect foreign exchange, but they are moving ahead with extending market infrastructure in any case.

Crossing over to the other side: Japan’s new prime minister and the new Bank of Japan governor are hoping reverse the country’s two-decade trend of deflation

'Abenomics' puts the yen on alert

April 2, 2013

A new prime minister and Bank of Japan governor, both apparently working in concert, could signal sustained weakness for the yen. But there are some tough psychological barriers to breach.

Opportunities remain amid growing challenges for FX

April 2, 2013

Foreign exchange trading volumes were down in 2012 and the cost of operations is rising, but there are signs that 2013 will be a more promising year for banks with the right offering.

Finding a global transaction banking niche

March 1, 2013

A focus on individual key strengths, both in terms of products and geographical footprint, is the driving force behind big banks’ global transaction banking business strategies as they search for a unique selling point in an increasingly competitive market.

Offshore renminbi looks to go global

Offshore renminbi spreads beyond Hong Kong

October 1, 2012

Hong Kong is the world’s offshore centre for the renminbi, and now other international centres are joining the Chinese currency’s path to internationalisation. But as additional pools of liquidity are being created, will the new centres dilute the existing offshore liquidity and create separate puddles rather than one large pool?

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Swift CEO sets agenda for Sibos 2012

October 1, 2012

Ahead of Sibos 2012, Gottfried Leibbrandt, chief executive officer of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or Swift, sat down for an exclusive interview with The Banker to discuss the conference agenda and the company's position in a rapidly changing global landscape. 

TEASER-Wallet wars: mobile payment systems fight for critical mass

Wallet wars: mobile payment systems fight for critical mass

August 1, 2012

The battle to persuade customers to ditch their traditional wallets in favour of a digitised version on their mobile phone has stepped up a notch in the past few months, with big technology and internet companies threatening the territory of the more familiar payment brands. Jane Cooper looks at who is making the early running in this war of the wallets. 

Europe ready for arrival of the renminbi

July 2, 2012

As the Chinese authorities lift restrictions and open up the renminbi market stage by stage, the significance of what is unfolding has not gone unrecognised in Europe, and, according to a recent survey by The Banker, it is not only those already doing business with the country that are interested in the renminbi's development. As London takes steps to establish itself as an offshore renminbi financial centre, many are anxious to take advantage of the opportunities soon to be available.

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