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MiFID II’s soft launch leaves loose ends

January 23, 2018

MiFID II has been one of the most hotly anticipated pieces of European financial regulation. Its launch in January did not disrupt markets, but questions linger over whether it will meet its objectives. Justin Pugsley reports.

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Luis Videgaray Caso: a Mexican take on Nafta

January 2, 2018

The North American Free Trade Agreement is ripe for an update that benefits all parties. But if the US decides to pull out, Mexico is confident that its network of agreements and many enacted reforms will enable it to thrive, says the country’s secretary of foreign affairs, Luis Videgaray Caso.

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BitPesa eases FX pain in Africa

January 2, 2018

Elizabeth Rossiello, founder and chief executive of BitPesa, talks to Joy Macknight about using Bitcoin and its underlying technology, blockchain, to resolve currency exchange issues in African markets. 

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Nestor A Espenilla, Jr.: problems may be traditional, but solutions cannot be

January 2, 2018

While the Philipines enjoys a growing economy and stable finances, we do not underestimate the tough challenges of poverty, demographic change, technological advances and geopolitical risks. These can only be countered by looking outside the traditional solutions, says Nestor A Espenilla, Jr, the governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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Will retail banking shake up Vietnam's established players?

January 2, 2018

Vietnam’s banks are pushing into retail, buoyed by a young and growing population. How will competition between new, tech-savvy private lenders and the big four public sector banks play out? Peter Janssen reports.

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Ewald Nowotny: the renaissance of central European banking

January 2, 2018

Austrian banks were early movers into central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. But the traditional Austrian-based parent companies with regional subsidiaries have transformed into modern, integrated entities that bring together staff and technology from across the region, to the benefit of all, says Österreichische Nationalbank governor Ewald Nowotny.

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International banks lead charge to fill GCC project finance gap

January 2, 2018

While Gulf Co-operation Council countries have announced a slew of infrastructure programmes of late, the region is suffering a reported $270bn project finance gap. This is opening the way for international and local banks to find innovative new mechanisms, as James King reports.

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Akinwumi A Adesina: Africa's nutrition challenge

January 2, 2018

Africa's most urgent problem is that of poor nutrition, which is responsible for stunting children's growth – and, ultimately, their future economic prospects. But the continent has the right tools to end malnutrition if its leaders exercise their combined will, writes the president of the African Development Bank.

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Top 300 Asia-Pacific Banks ranking: China dominates, India and Indonesia show growth

January 2, 2018

China’s lenders have the largest slice of the Top 300 Asia-Pacific Banks ranking, while privately owned Indian banks and south-east Asian lenders show impressive Tier 1 capital growth and profitability. Stefania Palma reports.

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Baltics take first step towards regional capital market

January 2, 2018

Recognising there is strength in numbers, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are joining together to created a pan-Baltic capital market, with covered bonds the first product planned. Michael Turner reports.

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