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After supporting their clients throughout the unprecedented events of the Covid-19 pandemic, investment banks have once again found they need to be nimble and adapt to another set of challenging conditions.

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FATF threat hangs over South Africa’s banking sector

The country’s lenders are in rude health, even as the threat of a greylisting by the FATF looms.

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José Manuel Campa: Crypto-asset regulation – managing the transition from paper to practice

The chair of the European Banking Authority discusses how industry participants and supervisors can prepare for enhanced regulatory obligations of crypto assets.

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The potential of microcredits in Europe

Microfinance can unlock the entrepreneurial potential within under-represented and disadvantaged vulnerable population groups, the number of which remains significant in Europe.

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Spotlight falls on development banks’ climate role

The World Bank chief’s awkward stance on global warming has accelerated calls for multinational development banks to get an overhaul.

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The road to leadership in embedded finance

Embedded finance is among the hottest opportunities in banking today. Institutions that can embed their offerings across a variety of customer contexts will increase their returns, writes Sanat Rao, CEO and global head of Infosys Finacle.

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Australia to benefit from real-time payments

Consumers now have access to real-time payments through the PayTo system, with business access to follow, generating a host of advantages.

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Navigating the regulatory web of Russia sanctions

The US, EU and UK have imposed an increasingly complex regime of sanctions on Russia as the war in Ukraine has evolved.

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Digital bridge for Asia’s gender gap

Kimberley Long explores how digital finance and mobile banking are addressing the financial access issues faced by women that incumbent banks cannot reach. 

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Dr Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon: Securing financing for developing countries to achieve SDGs

The president of the Caribbean Development Bank discusses the need for access to adequate affordable financing if small island developing states are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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WSBI aims to think globally but act regionally

The chairman of the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute shares his views on the role its members are playing in promoting sustainable and inclusive finance, as well as the economic and social well-being of their communities.

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UAE sends positive signals in matching UK enforcement

The United Arab Emirates is consolidating its standing on the international stage as it leans towards reciprocity of enforcing judgements from the UK.

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Top 1000 World Banks 2022

It has been another turbulent year for the global economy and the banking sector. How is the health of the sector looking as we enter the next economic phase?

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Africa’s rising crypto future

African nations are at the vanguard of the new movement towards central bank digital currencies, in a desperate bid to regain the initiative in the wake of rising cryptocurrency usage across the continent. 

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Swift fights to keep up in a changing world

New contenders are challenging the dominance of Swift in the cross-border payments space, compelling it to improve on its flaws.

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Would clever ESG marketing fool you?

More granular disclosures and better ESG data help improve business and finance, but greenwashing efforts may be greater still.


Quantum: here, there and everywhere

In a world driven by a quantum hype, many banks are now investigating whether the promised increased processing power of quantum computing could address problems that currently are too complicated to be solved. 

Global migration for ISO 20022

Paula Roels, director and head of Swift and market infrastructure, Deutsche Bank speaks to Liz Lumley of The Banker about the significant changes and challenges as global banks migrate to the ISO 20022 standards for cross-border payments.

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Amid the 15th anniversary celebrations of the launch of M-Pesa, it’s worth stepping back and looking at what mobile money has achieved …. and what it hasn't. John Everington talks to Edem Seshie, an associate partner with Mackinsey in Lagos, about why cash remains king across much of the continent, and why newer services like mobile lending have struggled to take off


Icelandic banks' rebounding net income

While banks in the Nordic country recorded higher net income in 2021 than in 2017, inflation and increasing house prices may prove challenging in the near term.

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Social finance suffers EU setback

The quest to create global standards for ‘social’ investing took a blow recently when the European Commission decided to kick the EU’s social taxonomy into the long grass. A fragmentation of standards is now likely to proliferate.

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