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Australia’s big bank shake-up

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Australia’s banks have had things easy for a long time, but, writes Brian Caplen, this may not continue.

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Swift chief looks to APIs after gpi success

October 1, 2018

Swift's chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt, talks to Brian Caplen about the success of its global payments initiative and how application programming interfaces are a crucial part of web 3.0.

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Asia-Pacific M&A works around China’s investment clampdown

October 1, 2018

China’s decision to tighten rules around mergers and acquisitions led to fears of a downturn in Asia-Pacific’s thriving market. But healthy activity in Japan and India is offsetting any regional uncertainty, as Kimberley Long reports.

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Asian shuffle: Relinking the Chinese supply chain

October 1, 2018

As China turns from being the home of mass-produced goods to consumer market, manufacturers are moving production to its Asian neighbours. Kimberley Long reports on their progress.  

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A shift in securities services

October 1, 2018

While securities services have traditionally been viewed as unexciting, back-office, post-trade administrative activities, emerging technologies are giving providers an opportunity to move up the value chain. Joy Macknight reports.

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HSBC facilitates £1bn EIB Sonia issue as Libor fades

October 1, 2018

As the transition from Libor to Sonia begins, HSBC’s debt capital markets team has found itself with a key role to play. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Can the derivatives industry avoid a Brexit deathtrap?

October 1, 2018

With only six months to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, derivatives experts are crying out for clarity on how London’s status as a financial centre will be affected. Jason Mitchell investigates.

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Transaction Banking Awards 2018

October 1, 2018

This year’s submissions for The Banker’s Transaction Banking Awards 2018 demonstrate how technology is being adopted on an international scale. 

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Is China’s finance bankrolling development – or debt?

October 1, 2018

China has become a major development financier to emerging markets via projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative. But some borrowers see unequal benefits in the deals, while the US is concerned by China’s growing influence. Adrienne Klasa reports.

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Top 100 Arab Banks: FAB dominates in a transitional year

October 1, 2018

First Abu Dhabi Bank, formed by the merger between the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank, has made history as the first Emirati bank to top The Banker’s Top 100 Arab Banks ranking. Elsewhere, Morocco and Lebanon continue to impress. James King reports.

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A new age of Latin American trade financing dawns

October 1, 2018

Geopolitics and technology are exerting a disruptive influence on trade finance. Latin America is not immune to the consequences – or the benefits. Lucien Chauvin reports.

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Kenyan neighbours spy opportunity in a liberalised Ethiopia

October 1, 2018

With the recent election of reformist prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, Ethiopia’s economy is set to liberalise after 27 years of state monopoly, opening up one of Africa’s fastest growing and underbanked markets to foreign investors. Charles Wachira reports.

Tech Talk: interview with Andy Campbell, Applied Blockchain

Andy Campbell, technical advisor, Applied Blockchain, which builds real-world blockchain application solutions, talks to Joy Macknight about how smart contracts work and where he sees the most interest in blockchain solutions within the financial services industry.

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Brazilian banks’ rollercoaster ride

October 16, 2018
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Brazil’s banks have been buffeted by political and economic headwinds for years, and stability is unlikely to return soon with a hotly contested election in the offing.

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Bankers fret over part two of EU securities lending rules

Bankers are becoming increasingly anxious over the second stage of the EU’s securities financing transaction regulation, which involves greater granularity of reporting around securities lending. By Justin Pugsley.

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