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Kuwaiti banks reap the rewards of economic boom year

KFH’s long-trailed acquisition of Bahrain’s AUB has further concentrated banking in the hands of the country’s two largest institutions.

Chris Loake, chief technology and operations officer at C Hoare & Co.

A 350-year-old bank knows its place in a digital world

Chris Loake, chief technology and operations officer at C Hoare & Co, talks to Liz Lumley about building a simpler, faster, better bank.

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Credit Suisse: How did we get here?

Credit Suisse had bumper years, particularly during the dotcom boom, and it weathered the 2008 financial crisis reasonably better than UBS. But trouble was never far from the bank’s door. 

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The Banker Shorts – Week ending March 24, 2023

Your quick guide to the week ending March 24, 2023, on

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SVB: US regulators have generated “a moral hazard”

While the collapse of SVB might have been predictable, what was surprising was the US regulators’ response and the precedent it sets.

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Colombia, Chile and Peru bet on stock exchange merger

The proposed integrated exchange of Colombia, Chile and Peru could be a beacon for more international investors if it proves it will be liquid enough and able to attract more issuers.

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Is the UBS/Credit Suisse deal enough to protect Europe from US bank contagion?

The sale of Credit Suisse to UBS may have preserved market stability for now, but economists warn we are not out of the woods yet. 

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SVB: Regulatory implications for UK banks

Jonathan Chertkow, part of the Hogan Lovells SVB Task Force, recounts the events of the collapse and examines the performance of UK banking regulation.

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Q&A: Maram Al-Jazireh of BAFT

Maram Al-Jazireh, chair of BAFT, talks to The Banker about competition, changing regulation and sustainability.

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The Banker Board – March 23, 2023

A weekly look at some of the most recent and influential people moves across the global banking industry.

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The embedded, invisible, intelligent bank

When a bank disappears from sight, can it still exist as a bank? The short answer is yes, in an invisible finance world.

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Fintech Fortnightly – March 22, 2023

Every fortnight, The Banker showcases the most interesting insights from the world of fintech.

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The governance of sustainability in large global banks

A report exploring the sustainability progress of 30 European and North American banks shows a need for renewed focus on strategy and risk management.

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Brazil’s PIX payment system teaches us a valuable lesson

With great potential to promote competition, being cheap, universal and consumer-friendly is key to instant payment systems’ success – an approach the US’s anticipated FedNow should take into account.

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Women in Fintech: How can fintechs stay afloat in troubled waters?

In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, The Banker has brought together six female CEOs from the fintech world to discuss the current challenging operating environment and how they plan to expand their business in 2023.

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The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2022

The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards continue to go from strength to strength, with hundreds of entries submitted from all corners of the world. Congratulations to all of this year's winners.

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Top 1000 World Banks 2022

It has been another turbulent year for the global economy and the banking sector. How is the health of the sector looking as we enter the next economic phase?

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Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, finance minister of Thailand, speaks with The Banker's Kimberley Long about the country’s economic plans, and collects the award for Finance Minister of the Year Asia-Pacific 2023.

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Financial exclusion is an issue that disproportionately affects women, and more so in the developing markets. However, for many, fintech is providing a solution, as it removes barriers to access. In this episode, women working across the field explain the issues they are tackling that fall outside of mainstream banking to help more people into banking networks. 

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Deposit funding becoming more attractive for European banks

The loan-to-deposit ratio across the continent has decreased since the end of the global financial crisis. 

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Still much to negotiate after Europe agrees Basel III position

The European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee has agreed its position on the remaining aspects of EU implementation of Basel III. It is an important step forward, but there are plenty of issues left to iron out before a final text is agreed. 

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