Latest articles from Brian Caplen

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Is stress testing good for you?

March 7, 2017

Banks should stop complaining about stress testing and start using it to better understand their business models – although, surprisingly, there does not seem to be an off-the-shelf platform to do the job, writes Brian Caplen.

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Will banks follow the reshoring trend?

February 28, 2017

The reshoring of manufacturing is well under way but the globalisation of services is set to continue. However, as Brian Caplen writes, for banks the offshoring/reshoring calculation is extremely complex.

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Fire your bank analyst – hire a data scientist

February 20, 2017

Both running a bank and investing in a bank are being transformed by data analytics, writes Brian Caplen.

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Buying a fintech company? Beware of the numbers

February 14, 2017

Banks looking to partner with or buy a fintech company need to do careful analysis, as the sector is notorious for using non-GAAP financial measures to present a glowing picture. Brian Caplen looks at what to avoid.

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Trump reforms spell boomtime for small US banks

February 6, 2017

US president Donald Trump has called Dodd-Frank a disaster and plans “to do a big number” on it. This push back on regulation could also find its way into Europe, writes Brian Caplen.

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Pacific lenders battle choppy waters

February 1, 2017

As they fight to prove themselves free of money-laundering activities, the island economies of the South Pacific are being forced to weigh up the benefits of being an international finance centre, writes Brian Caplen.

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Can Vladimir Putin turn off your fridge?

January 31, 2017

An Internet of Things cyberattack is the new risk to banks, writes Brian Caplen.

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Should a bank brand itself like Apple?

January 24, 2017

Banks need to create their own unique digital marketing strategy – borrowing from an entirely different industry would be a mistake, writes Brian Caplen.

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Theresa May’s Brexit makes offshore UK a reality

January 17, 2017

Banks will need to be more entrepreneurial to gain the benefits from what looks likely to be a clean break from the EU for the UK, writes Brian Caplen.

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Online bank fraud – when is the bank responsible?

January 10, 2017

Banks need to spell out when the customer is liable as part of their security advice.

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