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Gina Miller: why a Brexit extension is critical to the UK

September 1, 2017

Brexit is going to be at least as complex as accession to the EU was 40 odd years ago, yet the UK has not even decided what kind of Brexit it wants, says the founding partner of investment management firm SCM Direct, who is urging the government to request an immediate extension to the two-year framework.

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African microinsurers plant seeds of hope to resist drought

September 1, 2017

Natural disasters continually stall the growth of the Africa's poorest communities. While building resilience is vital, solutions are often not cost-effective. Now microinsurers are using simple and advanced technology to establish a new market that helps mitigate losses. James King reports.

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Tradition meets tech – Russia’s Post Bank model

September 1, 2017

Post Bank is going against the grain with plans to hold a total of 18,000 branches across Russia within two years. The lender is using legacy outlets from its Leto Bank and Russian Post origins to increase its reach, with a low-cost model that mixes ATMs and mobile transactions. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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CYBG COO looks to boost SME digital offering

September 1, 2017

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ group chief operating officer, Debbie Crosbie, speaks to Joy Macknight about how the challenger bank is better serving its SME client base by revamping its IT infrastructure.

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John Longworth: why Brexit is better for the UK

September 1, 2017

Brexit means a better future for the UK and a better partner for the EU, writes the co-chairman of the Leave Means Leave campaign.

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From fiscal discipline to capacity development: the future of the IMF

September 1, 2017

Stefania Palma talks to the International Monetary Fund’s senior management, including managing director Christine Lagarde, about its latest programmes and future direction.

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Sberbank chief eyes fintech prize

September 1, 2017

As the man at the top of Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank president and chief executive Herman Gref, presides over an institution with ambitious long-term fintech plans. He talks to Stefanie Linhardt about the challenges to its overseas operations and dealing with the fallout from the rouble’s collapse.

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Adapting to the ‘new normal’ in Russian banking

September 1, 2017

As the Russian economy recovers, the new equilibrium brings fresh challenges to the financial sector. Stefanie Linhardt finds out how the management at many of the country's leading banks are adapting to this environment at the International Financial Congress in St Petersburg.

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Can Gulf banks build on their digital momentum?

September 1, 2017

Banks in the Gulf region have scored some notable successes in the digital field, such as Liv, a UAE bank run by and for millennials. However, the longer-term threat from fintechs still looms large, writes James King.

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Russia plots a pensions revolution

September 1, 2017

As Russia contemplates a restructuring of its creaking pensions system, investors expect a positive effect on the securities market with the introduction of private individual pension capital accounts. However, the market is still immature and many decisions on reform are still to be made. Stefanie Linhardt reports from the International Financial Congress (IFC) in St Petersburg. 

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