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A single global payments area – it’s complicated

Global trade, the rise of digital, and the internet have increased pressure to improve international payments. 

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Banks drawn to possibilities on the Ethereum blockchain

As a decentralised open-source blockchain with smart-contract functionality, Ethereum holds enormous promise for the financial services industry.


The Banker's Top 200 Latam Banks 2021

Banks across Latin America are proving their mettle in very difficult operating environments.

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COP from home?

Much is expected from the UN climate conference in Glasgow, not least from banks on their commitments to net-zero carbon emissions.

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Implications of the FCA’s new ‘use it or lose it’ approach

Banks may be affected by the UK watchdog’s more proactive approach to cancelling regulatory permissions.

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G-SIBs emerge from pandemic in good shape but new risks loom

The top 30 global systemically important banks’ diversification and scale helped them contend with Covid-19, but technological disruption poses a bigger challenge.

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The dividend from building trust will be huge

Public trust in key institutions has nosedived; the future will belong to whoever is able to rebuild it.

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Concerns linger over US dollar Libor transition

Most banks should have negligible Libor exposures by the end of this year. But pockets of concern remain.

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Let’s talk about the menopause

A new study has found that a quarter of women are more likely to leave the financial services workforce due to their menopause experience.  


Innovation is a journey

ING’s chief innovation officer Annerie Vreugdenhil has had a 30-year journey of innovation without ever having to leave the bank.

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How fintech is ripping up the rulebook

Beyond retail banking and payments lies investment and commercial banking, the next frontier for fintechs looking to disrupt the status quo.

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El Salvador’s bold bitcoin experiment yet to convince banks

Bitcoin is now legal tender in the Central American nation, but banks are keen to keep cryptocurrency off their balance sheets.

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The value in foreign subsidiaries

Foreign-owned subsidiaries are proving essential sources of profit for their parent groups.

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GCC capital markets hope for watershed year

After a period of decline and delisting for the region’s exchanges — apart from Saudi Arabia — hopes are now high of a rebound. 

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Commodities downturn and Covid hit African lenders

Nigeria and Egypt make a strong showing in this year’s Top 100 African Banks ranking. 

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Enabling banking for all

Any form of disability can act as a barrier to accessing financial services without the right guidelines, procedures and technologies in place.

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Fintechs look beyond unicorn status

A whole industry has been built around helping Asian fintech start-ups achieve a $1bn valuation.

Financial health and resilient growth

As UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has been promoting collaboration across industries to improve access to finance for over a decade. Queen Máxima talks to Silvia Pavoni about the need for better data and definitions around financial health, and the role that the financial industry as well as policy makers can play.

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Sustainable finance bond markets moderate but remain brisk

The first nine months of 2021 show the highest totals on record, but are now showing signs of slowing.

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Is Evergrande the new Lehman brothers?

With China’s Evergrande in deep trouble, some are wondering if it could trigger another global financial crisis.

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