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It’s that time of year again… The Bank of the Year Awards

Join us (virtually) as we raise our glasses to the banks that outshone their peers in terms of performance, strategic initiatives and response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021.

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Sustainability top of mind for Intesa Sanpaolo

Carlo Messina, CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s biggest bank by assets following the merger with UBI Banca, talks to The Banker about Italy’s economic rally, the bank’s job in supporting the recovery and the role ESG will play in its new strategic plan.

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Investment banks cautiously look into the cloud

A host of benefits have continued to entice banks to adopt cloud-based technology, but as with any large-scale transformation it is not always straightforward. 

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Tunisian banks on shaky ground as economic woes continue

The north African country faced numerous challenges long before Covid-19 struck, but the path to much-needed reforms is a difficult one.

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Will the world return to 'normal' in 2022?

What ‘normal’ will look like post-pandemic is not easy to predict, as inflation, rising interest rates and quantitative easing tapering lead to greater uncertainty in the year to come. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Deutsche Bank's US arm looks forward with renewed positivity

Drew Goldman, Deutsche Bank’s global head of investment banking coverage and advisory, believes there are plenty of reasons for optimism about its performance in one of the bank’s most significant markets.

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Are banks meeting the needs of the ‘passion economy’?

As the passion economy grows and offers people fresh and flexible ways of making money by building businesses around what they love, is the industry ready to offer services to this smaller-sized, but fast-growing segment of the corporate market?

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Innovation is not a vertical

Wendy Redshaw, chief digital information officer, retail banking, at NatWest Group, believes innovation belongs to everyone, not just the ‘cool kids’. 

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Macquarie plays leading role in Australian M&A boom

The post-Covid rush has been driven by a surge in natural resources-related deals. 

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Turning of the tide on US antitrust

A renewed interest in antitrust could mean greater scrutiny ahead of mergers – including banking consolidation – and even the prospect of curbs on US tech giants.

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Fintech growth and innovation in Bahrain

Fostering an innovative and competitive financial services sector requires a forward-thinking central bank to establish a strong regulatory framework.

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Central banking beyond the pandemic

Central banks around the world are contending with stark choices around how to unwind their Covid stimulus packages in the face of turbulent markets. 

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China’s push into Latin America

China’s economic expansion into Latin America has raised questions about the motivation behind such investments and the contractual terms.

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The Banker’s Top Islamic Financial Institutions 2021

The Banker's 2021 Top Islamic Financial Institutions ranking highlights a resilient sector across the globe.

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The Banker’s Top 100 Central American Banks 2021

The Banker’s Top 100 Central American Banks ranking shows a resilient industry in the face of many challenges.

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Chilean banks brave tough environment

Change is underway in Chile as its financial institutions face political, economic and operational challenges. 

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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. 

Tech Talk: Diginex

Mark Blick, CEO of Diginex, a disruptive impact technology business, talks to The Banker’s Joy Macknight about the pain points in environmental, social and governance reporting, and how blockchain can be applied to solve them.

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Global payments revenues decline by 5%, but show signs of recovery

Revenues in 2020 were hit by Covid-19, but not as severely as anticipated and are already showing signs of a bounceback. 

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US regulators are coming for stablecoins

Issuers of US dollar-backed stablecoins could be nearing an existential threat as regulators clearly want to subject them to tough banking rules.

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