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How SMEs are powering the Dominican Republic banking sector

November 1, 2017

The Dominican Republic banking sector is solid, profitable and growing, thanks to the industry of the small local businesses that are driving the loans market. Meanwhile, banks have worked to diversify following the 2003 crisis, leading to greater stability, as Silvia Pavoni reports.

Why the Dominican Republic remains well grounded

November 1, 2017

The Dominican Republic has weathered regional recession and extreme weather to emerge as a Caribbean leader for GDP growth, driven by tourism. Government measures to strengthen both the economy and physical infrastructure have been recognised with a rating upgrade, as Silvia Pavoni reports. 

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Commercial Bank of Qatar weathers GCC spat and oil price storms

November 1, 2017

Joseph Abraham joined Qatar’s Commercial Bank as group CEO in 2016, after eight years as CEO of ANZ Indonesia, arriving at a time of low oil prices and regional tension. He tells Kit Gillet about efforts to refocus the bank, as well as finding opportunities in adversity.

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Belarus inches toward economic recovery

November 1, 2017

Belarus is gradually coming out of recession though its public sector reforms are too slow for some. This, combined with high dollarisation, could restrict its growth, writes Stefanie Linhardt.

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IILM looks to bring cohesion to Islamic finance

November 1, 2017

As a relatively young market, the Islamic finance sector has evolved in a fractured fashion. This has driven the establishment of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation to tackle the lack of high-quality liquid instruments in the market. James King talks to acting CEO Abdoul Aziz Ba about the challenges involved.

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The new age of Santander

November 1, 2017

Spain's Santander is moving into a new era as it targets larger earnings, improved customer loyalty and stronger governance. Silvia Pavoni looks at how the 160-year-old institution is planning to progress from a position of strength.

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Belarus banks teeter on the brink of change

November 1, 2017

High NPL levels, an economy in need of de-dollarisation and the prominence of state-owned institutions are behind moves to consolidate and improve Belarus's banking sector. However, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, the pace of change is not as fast as some had hoped.

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GTBank chief seeks to lead Nigeria in SMEs and digital

November 1, 2017

Guaranty Trust Bank chief executive officer and managing director Segun Agbaje tells James King about its expansion plans, with a focus on digital and SME business, and why he backs more relaxed monetary policy in Nigeria.

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Top 200 Latin American Banks 2017: Brazil's banks in defiant mood

November 1, 2017

While Brazil's banks appear to have ridden out the country's recession, lenders from Chile and Argentina also make strong showings in the The Banker's Top 200 Latin American Banks ranking. However, uncertainty around Nafta continues to pose problems in Mexico. Silvia Pavoni reports. 

Close co-operation can slam the door on fraudsters

October 30, 2017

With both the second Payment Services Directive and the UK Competition and Markets Authority plans for open banking coming into effect in January 2018, firms are under pressure to balance customer convenience and customer protection to maintain their place in the market, writes Jonathan Hoey, partner at UK law firm TLT. 

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