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The future is bright for SMEs

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Supporting SMEs is a mantra of governments and banks alike. But any new policies will need to take account of changes in the international economy.

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Colombia looks to get infrastructure projects back on track

July 2, 2019

Jolted by the Odebrecht scandal, investment into Colombia all but dried up after 2016. Now, however, the country is looking to bounce back.

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Top 1000 World Banks 2019

July 1, 2019

While the global banking system is safer a decade on from the height of the financial crisis, an uncertain economic environment points towards a slowdown as the figures from The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks ranking for 2019 show.

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Network International £1bn IPO sets pulses racing

July 2, 2019

Dubai-based Network International piqued investor interest in April when it floated on the London Stock Exchange in Europe's biggest IPO listing. David Wigan reports.

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Why orange is the new black for Colombian banks

July 2, 2019

Forget staying in the black, Colombian banks are looking to the president's orange economy to help boost their fortunes. 

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Putting the core into the cloud

July 2, 2019

Both challenger and traditional banks are looking to leverage cloud-based core banking systems to foster new business models, reduce operating costs and deliver better customer experience. Joy Macknight reports.

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Laying the foundation for faster global payments

July 2, 2019

Appetite and expectations for faster payments continue to build among consumer and corporate clients. Yet delivering the service – especially across borders – remains a challenge, writes Christof Hofmann of Deutsche Bank.

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Morgan Stanley raises the innovation bar

July 2, 2019

Morgan Stanley is no lightweight when it comes to tech, but moving at the speed of a start-up takes agility and a new way of working, the bank’s head of transformation tells The Banker.

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Will digital banks disrupt South Africa's big five?

May 1, 2019

A quintet of big banks dominate South Africa's banking scene, but this could change as the arrival of several low-cost digital banks triggers competition. 

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Société Générale chairman lays out streamlined strategy

July 2, 2019

Société Générale recently announced a restructuring plan. Chairman Lorenzo Bini Smaghi discusses this and other matters affecting the bank.

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India pins economic hopes on banking reforms

July 1, 2019

India’s GDP has been slipping. The Banker reports on the reforms being initiated to give the country’s banking sector an overdue boost.

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China’s fintechs creep into banking territory

July 1, 2019

In a few short years, China’s fintechs have come to dominate e-commerce, mobile payments and now small business lending. How will the banks respond?

Top 1000 World Banks 2019 Americas

While a handful of giants continue to dominate both the North and the South American markets, change is coming on the back of a large merger in the US and wide-reaching reforms in Brazil. The outlook for Argentina, however, remains uncertain. The Banker's Silvia Pavoni and Brian Caplen discuss this year's Top 1000 World Banks Americas results.

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Wave of African bank consolidation reduces systemic risk

July 11, 2019

Bank consolidation in sub-Saharan Africa is in full swing. Large and stable banks are growing steadily as a result, while many small and inefficient banks are disappearing. 

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Banks disappointed as MAR review looks to be delayed

The European Commission is due to review the Market Abuse Regulation and the industry has a list of areas it wants addressing, but the review looks likely to be delayed due to other priorities. By Justin Pugsley.

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