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A Pacific plan: why protection against natural disaster is as vital as ever

October 25, 2016

As Brian Caplen continues his travels around the Pacific Island countries, he looks at how these places can protect themselves – both physically and economically – against the frequent natural disasters they contend with.

France takes lead in unbundling debate on research

October 24, 2016

The unbundling of research from trading commissions represents a major change in the way banks and brokerages produce analysis for their clients and the French supervisor has taken a lead in this debate by appealing for a level playing field and an end to ‘gold-plating’. By Justin Pugsley.

The great market gamble: bond yields and inflation targets

October 24, 2016

Higher inflation targets look unlikely in the next few years, but given their negative impact on bond yields, markets should ensure they do not take their eye of the ball, say Gabriel Sterne and Tony Yates of Oxford Economics.

Why a dose of reality is healthy for central bankers

October 3, 2016

Emerging market economies should take advantage of the current global liquidity while it lasts – but it is crucial that central bank targets for growth are realistic, and therefore credible, advises Brazil's central bank governor.

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Is Argentina poised for an economic turnaround?

October 3, 2016

The administration of Argentine president Mauricio Macri has largely impressed international observers and those within the finance industry with its market-friendly policies. The government's priority, however, remains turning around the country's economy, something its banks will play a role in. Jason Mitchell reports.

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Fixing the Ukraine banking sector: a central bank governor's guide

October 3, 2016

A get-tough approach has been the only way to reform Ukraine's under-regulated, corruption-ridden financial system, writes the country's central bank governor, Valeria Gontareva.

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Venezuelan banks battle to rise above inflation and FX woes

October 3, 2016

Sky-high inflation, a spiralling economy and a bleak foreign exchange environment in which the black market is thriving are presenting Venezuela's banks with one of the toughest tasks in global financial circles just to stay in business. Jason Mitchell looks at how those still standing are managing to cope.

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The challenge of Brexit: banks’ resilience is no excuse for complacency

October 3, 2016

The UK's Brexit vote in June came as a blow to most in the EU, but the lack of widespread financial shock in the immediate aftermath of the vote showed how the improvements made to the euro area's post-crisis banking sector are paying off. France's central bank governor looks at why this was the case, but warns there is no room for complacency and calls for further progress on the economic part of the EU’s agenda.

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Mongolia's flat economy leaves stock exchange in sleep mode

October 3, 2016

As Mongolia's economy slows, the chief executive of its stock market, Bolor Munkhsaikhan, tells Stefania Palma about efforts to deepen local capital markets to help hedge against a volatile currency and to diversify corporate borrowing away from bank loans.

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Agricultural Bank of China chairman takes rural route

October 3, 2016

Agricultural Bank of China has an impressive record when it comes to serving the country's rural areas. Newly appointed chairman Zhou Mubing tells Stefania Palma why the bank is committed to building its reach within the 'sannong' areas.

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