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What if the middle class gets poorer?

March 19, 2019

Banks could find that the bulk of their client base faces declining living standards and financial hardship. They should start preparing now, writes Brian Caplen.

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Smaller and stronger: will consolidation shake up Middle East banking?

March 1, 2019

Consolidation is hitting banks operating within the GCC, creating regional 'mega-banks'. However, the appetite for M&A in the rest of the Middle East remains stilted.

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UK shadow chancellor’s door is open

March 1, 2019

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor of the exchequer and member of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, talks to Nick Kochan about his plans for the country’s banking sector, alongside tax and wage reforms. 

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Bahrain’s banks see a future in fintech

March 1, 2019

The Bahraini banking sector sees fintech development and Islamic finance as reliable prospects while oil prices remain low. Kit Gillet reports.

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How to choose the right cloud provider

March 1, 2019

After initial trepidation, banks are now stampeding into the cloud. But what differentiates the large cloud providers? Joy Macknight talks to five global players to find out. 

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Barclays brings home a rare Israel opportunity

March 1, 2019

In early 2019, the state of Israel conducted its largest ever international deal. Joint lead manager Barclays utilised its long-standing history in the country to help make the deal a success.

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How will Mexico fare under López Obrador?

March 1, 2019

The Banker looks at how the early policies of new Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador are being greeted by the financial sector and businesses.

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What are Latin America's prospects for 2019?

March 1, 2019

The Banker asked a group of economists to share their views on Latin America’s prospects in 2019, as new administrations promise change, Argentina deals with austerity and US-China trade tensions threaten to hit exporters. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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The new science of risk management

March 1, 2019

Natural sciences are inspiring ground-breaking simulation tools. Silvia Pavoni looks at what banks can do with them.

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Sub-Saharan African markets eye the benefits of consolidation

March 1, 2019

The heightened M&A activity in sub-Saharan Africa is garnering enthusiasm over the potential creation of a leaner, fitter and more adaptable banking sector across the region. 

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The Banker's Top 100 Central American Banks ranking: Panama keeps regional crown

March 1, 2019

The ongoing issues around Panama's offshore tax haven status since the Panama Papers scandal of 2016 have not negatively affected its banks, which continue to dominate in Central America. 

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The Banker's Top Islamic GCC Banks ranking 2019: Al Rajhi heads a healthy table

March 1, 2019

In The Banker's first Top Islamic GCC Banks ranking, a healthy picture emerges, with asset growth and profitability impressive by any standards. James King assesses what the industry is getting right.

Tech Talk: interview with Dare Okoudjou, MFS Africa

Dare Okoudjou, CEO of MFS Africa, which operates a mobile payments hub network in sub-Saharan Africa, talks to Joy Macknight about the fintech’s partnership with Ecobank and what the future payments ecosystem in Africa will look like.

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Investment banking revenues feel the pressure

March 14, 2019

As market volatility increased towards the end of 2018, investment banking revenues suffered across the board. Kat Van Hoof investigates.

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IIF: regulatory fragmentation ‘risks tearing markets apart’

The Institute of International Finance has sounded a warning for the G20 to urgently address the trend towards diverging regulatory standards, which it says could have dire consequences for the real economy. By Justin Pugsley.

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