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MiFID II’s soft launch leaves loose ends

January 23, 2018

MiFID II has been one of the most hotly anticipated pieces of European financial regulation. Its launch in January did not disrupt markets, but questions linger over whether it will meet its objectives. Justin Pugsley reports.

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Will retail banking shake up Vietnam's established players?

January 2, 2018

Vietnam’s banks are pushing into retail, buoyed by a young and growing population. How will competition between new, tech-savvy private lenders and the big four public sector banks play out? Peter Janssen reports.

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Charting their own course: the move from globally harmonised regulation

January 2, 2018

Cracks are emerging in the post-crisis drive to harmonise global financial regulation, with policy-makers diverging in everything from payments to data residency. The effects could be profound, as Danielle Myles discovers. 

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The battle to build Africa: will India and Japan usurp China?

January 2, 2018

Japan and India are joining forces to boost their commercial presence in Africa and counter China’s dominance. Will they be able to compete with the continent's top trading partner – and how is Beijing reacting to the new competition? Stefania Palma reports.

Basel IV’s done – now comes the hard part

December 18, 2017

The Basel Committee negotiators finally got there. The so-called Basel IV framework has been agreed and is not as harsh as many bankers had feared, but now comes an even harder part: implementing it consistently across the world. By Justin Pugsley.

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Nepal’s central bank chief seeks more stability and fewer banks

December 1, 2017

Nepal is grappling with interest rate and liquidity volatility as well as a relatively large banking sector that has 28 commercial banks. Chiranjibi Nepal, governor of Nepal Rastra Bank, tells Stefania Palma how the central bank is addressing these issues.

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Another fine mess? How penalties are calculated

December 1, 2017

Banks and commentators have often been left stumped by the processes used to calculate multi-billion-dollar fines levied by regulators in recent years. Danielle Myles looks at how penalties are determined by different authorities around the world.

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Nepal leaves itself with a federal mountain to climb

December 1, 2017

Nepal faces parliamentary and inaugural provincial elections at the end of 2017 while being tasked with setting up a new federal system. Ministry of finance officials tell Stefania Palma how the government is coping.

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Nepal’s banks hope for stability as elections loom

December 1, 2017

Nepal’s banks have survived two years of upheaval, contending with violent earthquakes and India’s border blockade. Today, the sector hopes to address more systemic issues such as overbanking, political instability and cyber security threats. Stefania Palma reports.

Will Catalonia independence movement dent Spain’s economic recovery?

December 1, 2017

As Spain’s economy is forecast to outpace 2008 GDP growth for the first time since the eurozone crisis, its own constitutional problems are posing a risk to the upbeat projections, writes Stefanie Linhardt. 

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