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The importance of being good

April 2, 2002

The Enron scandal has put the spotlight back on ethics. Banks can no longer ignore the issue of social responsibility and those which do may not survive.

Enron fallout: why insurers fail banks

March 2, 2002

JP Morgan Chase thought it had its Enron risks insured. Now it is fighting a legal battle to reclaim the money. The case raises wider questions about the effectiveness of credit insurance and the much-heralded convergence between banking and insurance.

Why banks don't know their clients

November 2, 2001

Since September 11, the finance sector has come under the spotlight for its role as a conduit for terrorist funds. Politicians are making great speeches and blaming the banks. But to stop the abuses would require no less than a politically unacceptable clampdown on minorities, the curtailing of civil liberties and the halting of world trade.

London calling

November 2, 2001

Henry Harington looks at the effect of September 11 on foreign banks in London, and finds many questioning their policy of maintaining all their operations under one roof.

Pointy-heads gain ground

November 2, 2001

The big five global accountancy firms are making substantial inroads into the corporate finance advice market.

Brand new way ahead

October 2, 2001

The concept of the brand channel is emerging as the new interactive technology that will ease the customer frustration that has come from telephone and internet banking, says Mark Cullen.

Brand new world

September 2, 2001

Karina Robinson analyses the increasing importance of branding in a world where the security of investments and savings has been overtaken by the image of the bank.

Who will merge next?

June 2, 2001

It is not a matter of how, but of when. A major cross-border bank merger in Europe involving core countries is imminent. Investment banks are busy advising their clients on possible deals, bank chief executives are flying back and forth having talks with their counterparts and lawyers are looking at the legal implications.

Avoiding the fall-out

March 2, 2001

European and American banks will have to cut costs, deepen customer relationships and search for new opportunities in order to weather the US slowdown.

All power to the super regulator

February 2, 2001

Karina Robinson talks to the FSA’s Sir Howard Davies.

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