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Disasters: Why experts fail to predict them

February 3, 2004

Why do experts fail to predict company failures such as Parmalat, Enron and WorldCom? To find out, The Banker invited credit and rating analysts and auditors to a roundtable discussion to explore the issues. The discussion got quite heated as the finger was pointed at the various parties and a proposal to change the way underwriters get paid was put up for debate

How much risk can you manage?

February 3, 2004

Banks have a huge range of resources available to aid risk managers, but human nature can still result in a bad decision. Behavioural finance and prospect theory lifts the veil on poorinvestment judgement, writes Gerald Ashley.

Islamic Bank of Britain launch imminent

January 5, 2004

The financial sector is finally catching up with the demand for Islamic banking services. This year hopes to see the ground-breaking establishment of the IBB, which will cater to UK Muslims while also hoping to attract business from further afield.

Spanish behemoths court their clients

January 5, 2004

Spain’s two banking giants both suffered loss of market share after recent mergers. SCH’s Enrique García Candelas and BBVA’s Julio López talk to Karina Robinson about their new client-focused strategies, designed to gain lost ground.

Smart moves in the developing world

January 5, 2004

South African company Aplitec saw a gap in the payments market and devised a cheaper alternative to the EMV standard. Stuart Theobald explains how this upstart company has stolen a march on the global card giants.
Smart cards have heralded a technical revolution in payments systems across the globe. But the industry smart card standard Europay Mastercard Visa (EMV) is not without its challengers. One that has caught the attention of Visa particularly is a small South African IT company called Aplitec.

Battlefield in the branches

December 2, 2003

Many banks are turning their attention towards their branch networks in
the increasingly stiff competition for a bigger share of customers’
business, say Roy O’Neil and Chris Gentle.

Counter those teller problems

December 2, 2003

Until now customers have preferred to queue for tellers to make
deposits, rather than trust ATMs. But new technology is helping to
allay their fears and free up tellers for more profitable transactions.
Keith Taylor of NCR reports.

Makeover and make money

December 2, 2003

Branches are back in fashion. But they look different. They are being
redesigned to provide better customer service, increase revenue and cut
costs, writes Michael Imeson.

The data game

December 2, 2003

Once touted as the next big thing, customer relationship management
failed to deliver. Now data warehousing is helping it to fulfil its
initial promise. Parveen Bansal explains how.

Tuning into the right channels

December 2, 2003

Multi-channel banking has become the norm for customers. Rekha Menon reports on developments in the four crucial areas of ATM, call centre, internet and bricks-and-mortar branches.

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