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The Silicon Valley Bank collapse and Credit Suisse’s last minute lifeline

The world became addicted to free money, but now the party is over; what does this say about the health of the broader financial system?

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Heritage, footprint and presence fuel HSBC’s promises to international customers

Taylan Turan, group head of retail banking and strategy, wealth and personal banking at HSBC, talks to Liz Lumley about the bank’s relaunched commitment to international clients.


The Banker’s Top 100 US Banks 2023

The past year saw a wave of consolidation in the US banking sector, with many regional players expanding their footprint through acquisitions and leaping up the ranking as a result. 

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Credit Suisse shored up by central bank

The embattled Swiss lender has seen its deposits plummet by more than 40% in the past year.

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The Banker Shorts – Week ending March 17, 2023

Your quick guide to the week ending March 17, 2023, on

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Shift to the cloud accelerates with Nationwide modernisation

Robust cloud-based payments systems are seen as a crucial way for incumbent banks to compete more effectively with fintech start-ups.

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SVB’s CRO scandal should have rung alarm bells

The absence of a chief risk officer at SVB for much of 2022 has prompted questions from the Fed. 

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European banks still in Russia: should they stay or should they go?

As the prospect of selling their operations in Russia becomes increasingly challenging, should European banks walk away from their Russian operations or wait it out? 

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BNP Paribas lawsuit serves as a warning to wider industry

Legal commentators warn banks that greenwash or whose actions appear not to meet due diligence laws are almost certain to face similar legal action.

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Egypt’s economy faces the music

Inflation is soaring as the country returns to the IMF for the fourth time since 2016.

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The Banker Board – March 16, 2023

A weekly look at some of the most recent and influential people moves across the global banking industry.

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What are the lessons from SVB’s failure?

Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have worked hard and fast to contain the fallout from SVB’s meltdown. But what actions could have been taken to avoid this disaster?

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The governance of sustainability in large global banks

A report exploring the sustainability progress of 30 European and North American banks shows a need for renewed focus on strategy and risk management.

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Brazil’s PIX payment system teaches us a valuable lesson

With great potential to promote competition, being cheap, universal and consumer-friendly is key to instant payment systems’ success – an approach the US’s anticipated FedNow should take into account.

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Women in Fintech: How can fintechs stay afloat in troubled waters?

In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, The Banker has brought together six female CEOs from the fintech world to discuss the current challenging operating environment and how they plan to expand their business in 2023.

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The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2022

The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards continue to go from strength to strength, with hundreds of entries submitted from all corners of the world. Congratulations to all of this year's winners.

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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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In this special edition of The Banker Midweek, Europe editor Anita Hawser and deputy editor Liz Lumley sat down to discuss the events surrounding the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank live on stream on March 15.

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Latest podcast episode

One of our favourite topics here at Functional Banking Magic is to look at the partnerships and relationships that develop between a bank and a tech company.

HSBC has partnered with fintech company Diginex to provide their commercial banking customers in various markets with a sustainability reporting tool, allowing businesses to plan and report their ESG performance online and manage their performance against ESG indicators and globally recognised frameworks.

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Pakistan’s economy unravels

The International Monetary Fund is due to release a tranche of over $1bn to the country.

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Still much to negotiate after Europe agrees Basel III position

The European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee has agreed its position on the remaining aspects of EU implementation of Basel III. It is an important step forward, but there are plenty of issues left to iron out before a final text is agreed. 

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