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Transaction banking goes mobile

Transaction banking goes mobile

October 1, 2012

While transaction banking has lagged behind retail banking operations and the consumer world in the provision of mobile services, things are changing fast.

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Swift CEO sets agenda for Sibos 2012

October 1, 2012

Ahead of Sibos 2012, Gottfried Leibbrandt, chief executive officer of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or Swift, sat down for an exclusive interview with The Banker to discuss the conference agenda and the company's position in a rapidly changing global landscape. 

Belarus banking sector looks ahead with caution

Belarus banking sector looks ahead with caution

September 3, 2012

The Belarusian banking sector weathered the financial turmoil of 2011 with relative ease. However, increased competition, privatisation and a tricky economic climate means future growth will be tough.

Belarus show of resilience

Belarus's show of resilience

September 3, 2012

Despite facing crisis conditions in 2011, the Belarusian economy has proven to be remarkably robust, boasting plenty of untapped potential, and there are hopes that its privatisation process will lessen the dominance of large state-owned companies on the country's business landscape.

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Will Scotland take flight in UK independence referendum?

September 3, 2012

The people of Scotland will have the opportunity to vote on the country's independence from the rest of the UK in 2014. But while the decision will inevitably be an emotive one, the financial, business and political ramifications cannot be ignored, and it appears that there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding them.

TEASER-CME Group continues to push the evolution of Globex platform

CME Group continues to push the evolution of Globex platform

August 1, 2012

CME Group's senior managing director and chief information officer discusses the need for around the clock coverage and the technology that has allowed the company to provide this across asset classes and with microsecond-level performance.

Catherine Bessant

Bank of America's simple plan

July 2, 2012

Bank of America’s global head of technology and operations discusses the lender's technology priorities and explains how simplifying and consolidating its systems will enable future innovation and growth.

Riding the regulation wave

Transaction banking attempts to keep its head above swelling regulation tide

July 2, 2012

Aside from global economic woes, perhaps the biggest challenge facing the transaction banking sector at present is a regulatory onslaught of unprecedented proportions. The Banker examines some of the major legislative headaches facing the sector.

Central and eastern Europe banks witness slide in capital

July 2, 2012

Central and eastern Europe experienced Tier 1 capital falls across the board this year, but Russia's banks predictably dominate the top tier of firms and also witnessed a rise in new players in the regional top table.

Asia dominates the West on profits

July 2, 2012

As the Asia-Pacific region accounts for 54% of total global profits, it is no surprise that no non-emerging bank appears in the top banks by profits-on-average capital.

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