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US banks and rising interest rates: a balancing act

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As the US's economic recovery picks up steam, the Federal Reserve has tapered purchases of debt securities and expects to raise interest rates later this year. First quarter results of the largest US commercial banks show that they are more than prepared for the challenges that will follow.

A global energy shift
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A global energy shift: how US shale production is shaping a new world order

US shale production has significantly altered the landscape of the global energy market. Ahead of the Institute of International Finance's annual spring meeting in Qatar, James King looks at how OPEC is responding to this seismic shift.

US banks play it cool with Cuba
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US banks play it cool with Cuba

The US's decision to normalise relations with Cuba promises to create new opportunities for American banks looking to expand. But, with the US government's changes still to be finalised, the country's banks are reacting cautiously.

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The US's slow journey to faster payments

US consumers may be calling for real-time payments, but progress has been slow, with the industry’s payments evolution only at ‘the end of the beginning’, according to the American Banking Association. 

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2014: the year of banks behaving badly

Growing geopolitical risk and the rising toll of misconduct fines overshadowed what should have been a year of strengthening economic recovery.

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Why real-time payments are not yet a reality

The US is working towards real-time payments, but will they actually be an improvement for banks?

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US asset-backed securities rules reassure issuers, but not investors

The US Securities and Exchange Commission altered new rules for asset-backed securities to ease privacy concerns, but investors want more disclosure.

CFTC offers olive branch to Europe
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CFTC offers olive branch to Europe

The new commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has pledged to replace existing regulation with more cross-border friendly rules. Will it be enough to reverse the fragmentation of the global market? 

What now for investment banks
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What now for investment banks?

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. 

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Monetary policy: caught between price stability and financial stability

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?

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