Latest articles from Brian Caplen

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Brazil's giants stand ready to pounce

May 5, 2009

Strict regulation, high capital and reserve requirements, and low levels of debt mean Brazil's banks are flourishing and in a good position to capitalise if their US and European competitors should pull back. Writer Brian Caplen
Cover stars: Brazilian bankers are still feted rather than reviled, unlike their colleagues in the US and Europe

Standing out from the crowd

April 7, 2009

A set of good results from an international bank is all too rare an occurrence in the current financial climate but Standard Chartered showed it is possible by announcing last month that income rose by 26% and profits by 13% in 2008. Chief executive Peter Sands explains how it was done. Writer Brian Caplen

Pause for thought

March 10, 2009

Global representatives from the banking sector at this year’s World Economic Forum took stock of the economic crisis and the perilous challenges which lie ahead. Writer Brian Caplen.

Slow on the cards

July 1, 2008

Credit cards are relatively new to Russia and take-up is still slow as cash remains the dominating payment method. Brian Caplen reports on progress.

Baptism of fire for Sants

July 1, 2008

Hector Sants, just about to complete his first year as chief executive of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, has proved his mettle during these times of great difficulty for regulators everywhere. Interview by Michael Imeson and Brian Caplen.

Big strides fail to resolve inherent weaknesses

July 1, 2008

Reliance on external markets for refinancing is one of the weaknesses in Russia’s banking system. Brian Caplen reports on this and other factors that are holding back the sector’s development.

Battered but still buoyant

April 7, 2008

Despite the subprime crisis affecting many areas of Brazil’s capital markets, commodity prices continue to boom, foreign investment remains strong and an investment grade rating is imminent, says Brian Caplen.

India’s outsourcing reinvention

March 4, 2008

Improved education and better living standards mean employees are returning to India, transforming the country’s outsourced financial services. Brian Caplen reports on how the industry has adapted.

Integration advantage

March 4, 2008

Kosit Panpiemras, Thailand’s deputy prime minister, tells Brian Caplen that trade and investment policies must be transformed to achieve greater integration into Asean.

‘Transparency is the key word for what we are doing now'

March 4, 2008

European Central Bank governor Jean-Claude Trichet talks to Brian Caplen in Davos about the present crisis, the dangers of opacity and what Europe and the US have in common.

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