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France takes lead in unbundling debate on research

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The unbundling of research from trading commissions represents a major change in the way banks and brokerages produce analysis for their clients and the French supervisor has taken a lead in this debate by appealing for a level playing field and an end to ‘gold-plating’. By Justin Pugsley.

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The challenge of Brexit: banks’ resilience is no excuse for complacency

October 3, 2016

The UK's Brexit vote in June came as a blow to most in the EU, but the lack of widespread financial shock in the immediate aftermath of the vote showed how the improvements made to the euro area's post-crisis banking sector are paying off. France's central bank governor looks at why this was the case, but warns there is no room for complacency and calls for further progress on the economic part of the EU’s agenda.

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Why an EU capital markets union is more necessary than ever in a post-Brexit landscape

October 3, 2016

Europe needs a capital markets union, and the UK's decision to leave the EU just makes the case stronger and more urgent than ever, writes the vice-president of the European Commission. 

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IFCs jockey for post-Brexit spoils

October 3, 2016

London has long been the world’s pre-eminent international finance centre. But is this position under threat due to Brexit and the rise of Asia? Edward Russell-Walling investigates.

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Europe on the move: the economics of EU migration

October 3, 2016

The EU's right to free movement has been blamed as a key reason behind the UK's vote to leave the union, as well as cited for being a drain on countries that lose their workers to more affluent neighbours. But how accurate or fair is this? Stefanie Linhardt looks at both sides of this increasingly heated debate, and examines the likely fate of refugees into Europe.

Diversity, subsidiarity and proportionality: the cures for the EU's post-Brexit ills

September 26, 2016

The EU should abandon a one-size-fits-all mentality to ensure a diverse banking market by setting proportionate regulation and encouraging innovation, says Chris de Noose of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group.

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How Switzerland's financial sector copes outside the EU single market

September 1, 2016

Switzerland’s rise as a European financial centre has followed an unorthodox path. Danielle Myles looks at the various ways its banks access the EU market, why the model is under threat, and how the Swiss plans to exploit Brexit.

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Top 250 EU banks: assets down, profits up

September 1, 2016

The euro’s continuing fall against the dollar held back the major players in the EU, but Austria made a startling comeback and there was further good news from Romania and Croatia.

Paris leads western European IFCs by bank profits

September 1, 2016

The French capital is thriving, but profitability is on the wane in many of its rival cities, reports Silvia Pavoni.

A lesson from history for a post-Brexit future

August 30, 2016

Determining how UK financial services interact with the EU following the referendum will be no easy task. One approach might be to look to how banking regulation was originally negotiated, suggests former Association for Financial Markets in Europe director Peter Beales. 

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