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Ludger Schuknecht: Fiscal normality must be the focus

January 3, 2017

The risks of blind fiscal expansion to generate growth are too great. The priority should fall upon fiscal consolidation and improving the quality of public finances instead.

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A QE salvation for Greece?

January 3, 2017

There is cautious optimism that Greece's economy will return to growth in 2017, though much could happen over the next 12 months to quell these hopes. However, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, great importance is being attached to the country being given access to the ECB's quantitative easing programme.

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Can institutional investor and multilateral co-investment meet infrastructure needs?

January 3, 2017

Risk-averse institutional investors have historically shied away from large-scale infrastructure investments in emerging markets, but new collaborations with multilateral institutions are now tempting public and private institutions into such projects. Stefania Palma reports.

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Greek banks pin turnaround hopes on NPL resolution

January 3, 2017

With deposits in Greek banks down substantially and unlikely to return soon, a top priority is to reduce the country’s non-performing loan burden, writes Stefanie Linhardt. 

Infrastructure investment – the revival

January 3, 2017

While interest rates remain low, infrastructure investment makes more sense than ever.

Six key steps towards resetting the Greek banking system

January 2, 2017

As Greece works towards moving out of recession, the removal of capital controls are essential. But there should be strict conditions before this happens, warn Nikolaos I Georgikopoulos and Michael L Pinedo.

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Andreas Dombret: Basel should rethink proportionality in banking regulation

January 2, 2017

Has the global harmonisation of banking regulation led to an overly universal approach? International and EU policy-makers should consider introducing less complex regulations for small, low-risk institutions.

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On the outside: how to tackle financial exclusion in the UK

January 2, 2017

The UK has one of the world’s most sophisticated banking markets, but when it comes to serving vulnerable and low-income people, it has yet to find the right formula. Silvia Pavoni looks at what it means to be financially excluded in the country, and whether banks are close to finding the solution.

Basel Committee consults on IFRS-9 capital bombshell

December 19, 2016

The new accounting standard IFRS-9 will have a dramatic impact on how banks provision for credit losses, leading the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision to consult on how to manage its effect on capital requirements. Justin Pugsley reports.

State-of-the-art wealth management requires industrialisation as its foundation

November 28, 2016

Implementing digitalisation and other solutions in wealth management requires an underlying industrialisation approach to be put in place first if significant efficiency gains and higher margins are to be achieved, write Kristof Trautwein and Pascal Gantenbein.

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