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Poland’s deputy finance minister stays close to the EU

June 1, 2018

Poland's deputy finance minister, Piotr Nowak, a former fund manager and trader, tells Stefanie Linhardt about the country's public fundraising plans and the importance of a good relationship with the buy side, as well as Poland’s future within the EU and the health of its banking sector.

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In splendid isolation: how Qatar's banks are thriving amid a blockade

June 1, 2018

Blockaded by several influential Arab countries since June 2017, Qatari banks have had to cope with ratings downgrades and an outflow of deposits. However, as Kit Gillet reports, they are still posting impressive profits and seem unfazed by such geopolitical unrest.

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Qatar finds the silver lining to the trade blockade

June 1, 2018

A year since four of its neighbours severed economic ties with Qatar, the country has unexpectedly found that the new economic circumstances have resulted in an accelerated programme of reforms. Kit Gillet reports.

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Banks wait on Myanmar reforms

June 1, 2018

Stung by a financial crisis in 2003, Myanmar has since taken a strict line on fiscal prudence but now observers fear this is curbing growth. Banks, both domestic and foreign, are lobbying for reforms to relax the rules on lending, as Peter Janssen reports.

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Who will survive Latin America's ‘year of political risk’?

June 1, 2018

Regional experts participating in The Banker’s virtual roundtable discuss the Latin American central banks that have impressed them, the countries that are at higher currency risk, and the possible impact on the region of elections in Mexico and Brazil. Edited by Silvia Pavoni.

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Equality means profits: closing the gender gap

June 1, 2018

After influential campaigns, investor pressure and research pointing to higher returns by more gender-balanced firms, why are banks still male? Silvia Pavoni investigates.

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Lebanon's economy remains on a knife-edge

June 1, 2018

Lebanon's economy has been underperforming in recent years, hit by political uncertainty and fears over the conflict in Syria. However, an injection of finance from a group of international donors, combined with excitement over oil and gas discoveries, provide some cause for optimism. James King reports.

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Lebanese banks confound expectations – but for how long?

June 1, 2018

Lebanese banks have weathered punishing conditions, including a tough new tax regime. Technological innovations continue to drive progress, but as James King reports, structural economic flaws must be addressed if they are to continue to thrive. 

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Economic Development Board chief eyes fintech model for Bahrain

June 1, 2018

Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, talks to James King about moving the country's economy away from oil, leveraging its financial hub credentials to attract fintechs and how Amazon gave it a vote of confidence by locating its first regional data centre there.

New HQs reflect London’s FDI dominance in Europe

June 1, 2018

London dominates financial services FDI in western Europe but outward investment in the region overall grew less strongly than inward. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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