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Clearing the road to investment in the Dominican Republic

November 1, 2017

With an urgent need for better infrastructure, the Dominican Republic is keen to attract more private investment. It is introducing new laws to offer guarantees to investors, but insists deals must benefit the country too. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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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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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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. 

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US financial crime regime changes receive a warm welcome

October 2, 2017

The US is gearing up for change in its onerous anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and sanctions regimes – much to the relief of many banks. Jane Monahan reports. 

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RBC CEO Dave McKay looks to stay ahead of technology

October 2, 2017

RBC’s CEO, Dave McKay, explains to Joy Macknight how artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics will help see the Canadian bank through the fundamental changes facing the industry.

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Canada’s co-operative approach to fintech

October 2, 2017

Canada’s fintech ecosystem is flourishing due to the backing of banks, academic institutions and government. Together they are also taking steps to capitalise on the country’s leading position in artificial intelligence research, as Joy Macknight reports.

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Is technology enough to plug the SME financing gap?

October 2, 2017

Technology is revolutionising trade finance while facilitating lending to small businesses by tech giants such as PayPal, Amazon and Alibaba. But is this enough to fill the $1500bn global trade finance gap? Stefania Palma investigates.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency wades in on the Volcker Rule

September 25, 2017

The largely unpopular Volcker Rule in the US, designed to restrict proprietary trading by banks, is up for review, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency taking the lead in what could result in regulatory relief for the banking sector. By Justin Pugsley.

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