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Wall Street woes weigh on big US lenders

May 11, 2016

The first-quarter results of the US's largest banks exemplifies the difficulties being felt in the fixed-income, currencies and commodities trading space. However, unlike some of their European counterparts, US lenders are not pulling out of the business entirely. Jane Monahan investigates why. 

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The long, hard road to reform: under-represented countries' patience with IMF runs thin

September 1, 2015

The IMF's quota system – which heavily favours the G7 countries – has long been deemed outdated by the BRICS countries, among others. But with any hope of immediate reform being held up in US Congress, and alternative institutions being established, the IMF's battle to remain globally relevant is under threat.

Puerto Ricos banks enter survival mode

Puerto Rico's banks enter survival mode

July 1, 2015

Growth in Puerto Rico's economy is sluggish, and its banks have been struggling to find profitable areas. However, a round of mergers and acquisitions – some of them enforced – and opportunities overseas mean that the island's lenders are finding some ways to expand.

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A smaller focus: what the future holds for GE Capital

July 1, 2015

GE Capital was once responsible for more than half General Electric’s profit. So why is the conglomerate busy dismantling the international assets of its financial arm?

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In flux: private banking in 2015

April 30, 2015

Private banking and wealth management can be hugely lucrative, bringing in fees and boosting profits in a way that other areas of banking struggle to match. However, increased regulatory pressures and the emergence of newer, cheaper online competitors are shifting the landscape of the market. Jane Monahan examines an industry at a crossroads.

US banks play it cool with Cuba

US banks play it cool with Cuba

February 2, 2015

The US's decision to normalise relations with Cuba promises to create new opportunities for American banks looking to expand. But, with the US government's changes still to be finalised, the country's banks are reacting cautiously.

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Infrastructure: a new asset class?

December 1, 2014

The funding of infrastructure projects by institutional investors is a topic being hotly debated right now. While the hurdles for institutional parties looking at such opportunities are many, there is a growing feeling that in such a low-interest-rate environment, their potentially high yields make them worth the risk and effort.

The watchdogs of the US financial system

The watchdogs of the US financial system

October 1, 2014

With a number of eye-watering fines emanating from the US in recent years, The Banker profiles the numerous regulators that are dishing out these punishments, and looks at how they police the world's largest financial market.

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Ecuador's new direction receives a mixed response

September 1, 2014

Ecuador is striving to re-establish ties with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, tap international capital markets and embrace orthodox economic policies. However, when it comes to banking, the country's new direction is not proving to be universally popular.

Community spirit keeps small US banks afloat

July 1, 2014

New regulatory pressures and slow economic growth have been taking their toll on the US's small regional lenders, leading to worries that many of them will be squeezed out of the market. But results from the first quarter of 2014 show that these smaller players are actually performing better than the country's larger lenders. 

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