Latest articles from Brian Caplen

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Waking up to WannaCry

May 16, 2017

The IT costs of running a bank are already horrendous. But as the recent ransomware attack shows, any bank that doesn’t install the latest software and keep it updated is asking for trouble, writes Brian Caplen.

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​Why German taxpayers are Europe’s weak link

May 9, 2017

With Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France, the populist threat to the EU has receded. But, asks Brian Caplen, longer term the bigger issue is who will pay for it?

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Have Western economies hit 'peak stuff'?

May 2, 2017

Millennials think doing things is more important than buying things. Brian Caplen assesses what this means for the banks when they decide on credit card and personal loan limits.

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Derisking – does the damage outweigh the gains?

April 25, 2017

The problems caused by anti-money laundering regulation have hit smaller countries, smaller banks and therefore the poorer members of society. Brian Caplen asks if matters have gone too far.

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Why the MiFID II deadline needs second extension

April 18, 2017

Even by the standards of post-crisis EU regulation, MiFID II is ambitious and expensive. A second deadline extension is needed, writes Brian Caplen.

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​Home is where the talent is

April 4, 2017

Brexit will send some jobs to Paris and Frankfurt but the most important factor keeping banks in London is the talent pool, writes Brian Caplen.

Building Asia's capital markets: key strategies for diverse economies

April 3, 2017

South-east Asia’s capital markets vary considerably in size and sophistication – Myanmar is still developing while Singapore is encouraging fintechs and Hong Kong seeking derivatives – and each country’s strategies for financing companies are equally disparate, writes Brian Caplen. This report looks at their development and highlights the region’s major trends.

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Who is minding the model?

March 28, 2017

Banks have models for everything these days but, says Brian Caplen, they should not be fooled into thinking their problems are over.

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Banks must still act global and think smart

March 21, 2017

Banks must not be derailed by anti-globalisation forces, writes Brian Caplen. The long-term trend is for interconnected smart cities, many of which are located in Asia.


Banks must prepare for a hard Brexit

March 14, 2017

With the triggering of Article 50 coming shortly, the countdown to the UK’s departure from the EU will begin. Banks need to assume the worst outcome in their planning, writes Brian Caplen.

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