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Sudden philanthropy

February 6, 2006

Industry watchers are puzzled by MasterCard’s unusual 18% voting rights allocation to a charitable foundation. Wendy Atkins reports.

A piece of China’s consumer action

December 5, 2005

With an eye on China’s burgeoning consumer credit and retail markets, two American companies have invested in the future of Shenzhen Development Bank. Stephen Timewell reports.

Whole loan sales head through roof

November 7, 2005

Trade in whole mortgage loans is brisk in the UK, while Germany and the Netherlands show potential, but the booming European market’s main player is American. Michael Marray reports.

Biometrics make inroads

November 7, 2005

Although not yet in general use, biometrics are slowly being tested and adopted in the banking sphere as a way of increasing security, Wendy Atkins reports.

A broader remit for microfinance

November 7, 2005

The Middle East is enjoying an investment boom but risks leaving the poor further behind. Microfinance can help to improve their prospects but it will take more than loans alone. Rula Dababneh explains.

Without frontiers

November 7, 2005

The European Commission wants to boost efficiency in the mortgage market by creating a single European market for the sector. But care needs to be taken in establishing such a market, which must be free and open.

At home and away

October 3, 2005

There are many forms of partnership, offering different benefits and solutions. If you have not so far considered working with a banking partner, writes Jim Carrabino, the chances are that your competitors have, and are already experiencing the benefits.

A successful joint venture

October 3, 2005

Fiona Clutterbuck warns that although partnerships can be supportive and enduring, companies must be aware of the potential for failure through factors such as incompatibility, lack of planning and weak leadership.

FX presence and profits

October 3, 2005

Strong growth in FX activity has been accompanied by significant consolidation among liquidity providers, which has in turn raised the competitive bar for mid-sized providers and smaller banks. Outsourcing can resolve this dilemma, writes William Higgins.

Navigating complexity

October 3, 2005

Asset and liability management is a complex process requiring sophisticated capabilities and deep market knowledge.Spiro Pappas (left) and Laurent Garret of ABN AMRO explain how establishing a partnership can help regional and local financial institutions.

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