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Connecting Indonesia: bringing finance to a population of 250 million

April 3, 2017

The fourth most populous country in the world spread across more than 6000 islands, banks have struggled to reach out beyond Indonesia's big cities up to now. However, a digital transformation is gripping the country, bringing with it the promise of huge increase in financial inclusion. Stefania Palma reports.

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Saudi Arabian banks stay ahead of the game

April 3, 2017

Despite low oil prices and flat economic growth, Saudi Arabia’s banks have remained active and stand in a strong position compared with their regional peers. James King reports.

Industry sweats over fast-approaching MiFID II deadline

March 27, 2017

The EU is hurtling towards the implementation of MiFID II, a huge body of rule changes that no one will be ready for. Some regulatory flexibility will have to be shown or the process may end up resembling a car crash. By Justin Pugsley.

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Dodd-Frank: the defence

March 1, 2017

A US regulatory overhaul has been welcomed by many who believe Dodd-Frank has spawned too many regulations and prevents smaller banks from lending. However, there are concerns that the replacement Financial Choice Act will sweep away many of the safeguards designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 crisis. Jane Monahan reports.

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Will central bank reforms kick-start Myanmar’s payments revolution?

March 1, 2017

Myanmar’s central bank has opened up the local market to international payment companies such as Visa and MasterCard. But how will they help modernise the payments sector and drive financial inclusion in this newly opened frontier market? Stefania Palma investigates.

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Could tax and regulatory reform derail Sweden's strong showing?

March 1, 2017

Sweden’s banks have survived the recent low interest rate environment and remain profitable. But a payroll tax on financial institutions and ongoing regulatory uncertainty threaten to take their toll. Stefanie Linhardt outlines the likely headwinds.

PSD2 flaws show a rethink is needed on data sharing

February 27, 2017

The new EU Payment Services Directive for banks to share customers’ data with other companies is fraught with unmitigated risks surrounding consent, security and liability, argues Chris Skinner.

The last stressful US stress test?

February 23, 2017

In their latest stress tests of systemically important banks, US regulators are reinforcing their focus on risk management, controls and governance, while differentiating more between complex and non-complex large firms. Justin Pugsley reports. 

Basel IV: down but not out

January 29, 2017

The finalisation of the Basel accords has been delayed, leading to the very real possibility that global agreements on financial regulation could be left up in the air.

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Can institutional investor and multilateral co-investment meet infrastructure needs?

January 3, 2017

Risk-averse institutional investors have historically shied away from large-scale infrastructure investments in emerging markets, but new collaborations with multilateral institutions are now tempting public and private institutions into such projects. Stefania Palma reports.

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