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In their latest stress tests of systemically important banks, US regulators are reinforcing their focus on risk management, controls and governance, while differentiating more between complex and non-complex large firms. Justin Pugsley reports. 

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Pacific lenders battle choppy waters

February 1, 2017

As they fight to prove themselves free of money-laundering activities, the island economies of the South Pacific are being forced to weigh up the benefits of being an international finance centre, writes Brian Caplen.

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Top 100 Russian Banks ranking 2017: A bleak scene

February 1, 2017

The Banker’s Top 100 Russian Banks ranking shows that losses are still widespread in the country’s banking sector, but greater resilience and capitalisation suggest a healthier future.

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Q&A with Esther Puigcercós Font, general manager, Associació de Bancs Andorrans (Andorran Banking Association)

February 1, 2017

The general manager of the Andorran Banking Association, Esther Puigcercós Font, tells Stefanie Linhardt how the country's banks are becoming more transparent, and explains how they are adhering to EU standards despite the country not being a member of the union.

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Andorra finance minister continues on steady path to stability

February 1, 2017

Andorra’s finance minister, Jordi Cinca, explains to Stefanie Linhardt how budget consolidation and investment in tourist infrastructure are aiding the country’s slow but steady recovery from recession.

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Brazil relishes end of IPO dry season

February 1, 2017

Brazil’s confounding equity market can rise even when the economy dives and political scandals break. However, 2016 was so chaotic that initial public offerings struggled to launch. Politics permitting, things are about to change, writes Thierry Ogier.

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How derisking became a humanitarian issue

February 1, 2017

The withdrawal of correspondent banking from high-risk markets, or ‘derisking’, is an increasingly common response from banks wanting to avoid punitive fines. But its human cost means there is an urgent need for alternatives, as James King reports. 

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The battle after Brexit: which European IFCs will benefit?

February 1, 2017

With the UK government’s deadline for triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty approaching, The Banker looks at the European financial centres set to gain the most from London’s potential estrangement from the European financial scene.

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China pulls into lead for green investment

February 1, 2017

China is pulling ahead of Europe when it comes to investing in green projects, while president Donald Trump's scepticism towards climate change is risking the US's status in the field, author and professor Mariana Mazzucato tells Stefania Palma.

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Abu Dhabi targets fintech hub status

February 1, 2017

Keen to diversify its economy further away from oil, Abu Dhabi is looking to position itself as the fintech hub for the Middle East and Africa, backed by projects such as the RegLab sandbox. James King reports.

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