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Veerathai Santiprabhob teaser

Thailand's CBG looks to bring sustainable and inclusive growth

September 26, 2016

The governor of the Bank of Thailand, Veerathai Santiprabhob, tells Peter Janssen why the country's referendum vote in favour of a new constitution, its push towards attracting higher value-added investments, and the government's reform package gives him hope of achieving his 'sustainable and inclusive growth' hopes.

Diversity, subsidiarity and proportionality: the cures for the EU's post-Brexit ills

September 26, 2016

The EU should abandon a one-size-fits-all mentality to ensure a diverse banking market by setting proportionate regulation and encouraging innovation, says Chris de Noose of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group.

Better integration will move mobile money up the value chain

September 26, 2016

Mobile money accounts are growing in numbers but a large proportion of them remain dormant. More must be done to integrate the e-wallet model with conventional payment systems.

Ross McEwan

Ross McEwan maps out RBS's long recovery

September 1, 2016

Eight years after its bail-out, Royal Bank of Scotland has sold off assets, invested heavily in technology and refocused on domestic business. As the bank labours towards recovery, CEO Ross McEwan talks to Brian Caplen about cost-cutting, rebranding and why Brexit is likely to delay further share sales.

Alipay teaser

The irresistible rise of Chinese fintech

September 1, 2016

China's fintech industry has grown at a rapid pace, in some cases leaving established tech giants of the West behind. Having cracked the domestic banking market, top Chinese fintech firms are already eyeing insurance and looking beyond the country's borders to continue their rapid ascent. Stefania Palma reports.

Sergei Guriev teaser

New EBRD chief economist looks to make reforms work for all

September 1, 2016

In September, Russian exile Sergei Guriev, a professor of economics, takes over as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s chief economist. He tells Stefanie Linhardt about his plans and expectations, and why business acumen trumps academic prestige.

Abu Dhabi consolidation teaser

Is the Gulf banking sector set for a wave of consolidation?

September 1, 2016

The merger between National Bank of Abu Dhabi and FGB could well trigger a series of consolidatory moves across the Gulf's banking sector. But will this lead to the emergence of a handful of regional powerhouses? Kit Gillet assesses the situation.

Saudi Arabia feels pinch teaser

Saudi banks' growth hit by liquidity squeeze

September 1, 2016

Liquidity in the Saudi Arabian banking sector has tightened, but there is no cause for concern just yet, reports Kit Gillet. However, the central bank is introducing measures to ease the pressure and boost lending.

Abu Dhabi eurobonds teaser

Middle East sovereigns opt for Eurobonds to stem deficit drain

September 1, 2016

Two years of low oil prices are draining the ample state coffers of the Gulf's hydrocarbon exporters. The region's finances have been affected and sovereigns are now piling into the international bond market to plug budget deficits. Tom Stevenson reports.

Promsvyazbank teaser

Hard-pressed Russian banks eye M&A route to survival

September 1, 2016

A sluggish economy, high interest rates and greater scrutiny are hitting Russia's banks, especially smaller institutions, with some opting for consolidation as a way to survive, as Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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