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What now for investment banks

What now for investment banks?

October 1, 2014

Investment banks have experienced huge changes since the global financial crisis and are still struggling to adapt their business models. But while the industry might have to make do with much lower returns in future, it is far from being on its knees. 

Argentina on the ropes

On the ropes: can Argentina recover?

October 1, 2014

A controversial US ruling against Argentina has shaken the world of sovereign debt restructuring and provided so-called vulture funds with a sharp new litigation strategy. As both multilateral organisations and private sector professionals attempt to stop a lawsuit pandemic, The Banker takes an in-depth look at the key issues. 

Axel Weber

Monetary policy: caught between price stability and financial stability

September 2, 2014

The interest rate needed for low inflation and full employment is different from the interest rate needed for financial stability. How did this happen and what can be done about it?

Ecuador new direction

Ecuador's new direction receives a mixed response

September 1, 2014

Ecuador is striving to re-establish ties with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, tap international capital markets and embrace orthodox economic policies. However, when it comes to banking, the country's new direction is not proving to be universally popular.

Regulation gets real for virtual currencies

August 26, 2014

Both the EU and New York are looking to bring digital currencies under a full regulatory regime, but their approaches are rather different.

New York is top US international finance centre for FDI

August 20, 2014

New York leads the world’s international finance centres for inbound and outbound foreign direct investment into the financial services sector, but other US financial centres are also proving attractive destinations.

CDB president prepares for future storms

CDB president prepares for future storms

August 1, 2014

The financial crisis hit the Caribbean hard, with the region only recently starting to recover. Now that the worst is over, the president of the Caribbean Development Bank is looking to build a more sustainable future, encouraging projects that minimise the effects of natural disasters and develop the region's renewable energy potential.

Caricom banks ranking

Top 25 Caricom banks ranking: Caribbean lenders experience mixed fortunes

July 23, 2014

Caribbean lenders seem to be finally emerging from a difficult few years, with both aggregate Tier 1 capital and assets rising. Profitability remains largely unchanged, however, with some banks making significant gains while others remain in the red. 

US sanctions are the start of a slippery slope

July 1, 2014

The US sanctions regime will drive business into the shadows and accelerate the growth of alternative trading currencies.

Larry Howai

Finance minister looks to put Trinidad and Tobago on IFC map

July 1, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago finance minister Larry Howai tells Silvia Pavoni about his plans for the country's international finance centre, and explains why its improving legislative framework and educated workforce make the country stand out from its Caribbean peers.

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