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Why fintechs can't dent a bright future for Africa's banks

June 18, 2019

Banks will not suffer even as fintechs shake up African finance, writes Brian Caplen.

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Global trade wars fail to shake Taiwan's optimism

June 3, 2019

Shrugging off concerns over worsening China-US relations, Taiwanese lenders are making calculated investments in their south-east Asian neighbours. 

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Crédit Agricole’s ‘non-capitalist’ model reaps AT1 reward

June 3, 2019

Crédit Agricole leveraged its unusual model to launch a dollar-denominated perpetual worth €4.75bn. 

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Portugal's economy minster upbeat as banks cut NPLs

June 3, 2019

Portugal’s economy has recovered and the banking system is stronger, the country’s economy minister Pedro Siza Vieira tells Brian Caplen. 

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Italy’s finance minister eyes China as Europe tensions grow

June 3, 2019

Italy’s finance minister talks to The Banker about his government’s disagreements with Europe and advancing Italian involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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Optimism abounds as Qatar enjoys splendid isolation

June 3, 2019

Economically blockaded by many of its neighbours, Qatar has continued to enjoy stable economic growth thanks to a series of reforms and a renewed spirit of self-reliance. 

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Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2019

June 3, 2019

The Banker’s 2019 Islamic Bank of the Year Awards offers a snapshot of an industry brimming with confidence and one that is defining its own story. 

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How green is your bank? Defining sustainable finance

June 3, 2019

The banking industry is waking up to the importance of meeting environmental standards, but progress will be limited until universal definitions and standards can be agreed. 

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KFH CEO looks to build on success through technology

June 3, 2019

Mazin Al-Nahedh, chief executive of Kuwait Finance House, talks about outperforming the national economy and the bank’s embrace of technology.

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Botswana investment minister hopes pan-African trade dream can become a reality

June 3, 2019

Botswana’s minister of investment, trade and industry, Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, talks to Adrienne Klasa about the country’s plans.

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CGD's chief looks beyond bank's turnaround

June 3, 2019

The chief executive of state-owned Caixa Geral de Depósitos tells The Banker how a recapitalisation package helped turn around Portugal’s largest bank after six years of losses. 

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Morgan Stanley’s MENA team oils $12bn Aramco offering

June 3, 2019

The Dubai-based MENA team at Morgan Stanley was well-placed to facilitate Saudi oil giant Aramco’s debut bond issue. 

Ch 3/4 Benefits of SWIFT gpi - A new era in global payments

Thierry Chilosi, lead for SWIFT gpi go-to-market, talks to The Banker’s Joy Macknight about why it is so important for banks to adopt gpi now and what is in it for them.

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Solar energy investments heating up for European banks

May 31, 2019

Banks in Europe have been going big on green investments over the past two years, as a report by Moody's shows.

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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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