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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.

Can SM&CR revive banks' reputations in UK?

November 28, 2016

Issues relating to conduct are rapidly rising up the list of priorities for UK regulators, which is having a significant impact on the City of London. In an attempt to combat this, UK regulators have introduced the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Justin Pugsley reports.

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Aldermore CEO optimistic over post-Brexit future

November 1, 2016

Aldermore was set up following the financial crisis to service SMEs in the UK. CEO Phillip Monks tells Stefanie Linhardt why this ‘challenger’ bank is so positive about life post-Brexit.

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Moneta Money Bank awaits GE Capital’s final European move

November 1, 2016

As US conglomerate GE widely withdraws from banking in Europe, its latest and last beneficiary has been renamed Moneta Money Bank, which has reworked itself for the local Czech market. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

Post-Brexit lessons from Switzerland

What can a post-Brexit UK can learn from Switzerland?

November 1, 2016

At Sibos 2016 in late September, The Banker chaired a frank discussion of the challenges and options faced by the UK as it prepares to leave the EU, and whether it could take a leaf from the Swiss book. Dan Barnes reports.

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