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Challenging for SMEs

December 17, 2018

Big banks have been accused of underserving SMEs. Brian Caplen asks: can the challengers do better?

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Central banks should be unpopular

December 11, 2018

Or to be more accurate they should be unpopular for the right reasons, writes Brian Caplen, as a decade of easy money has undermined their credibility.

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Is sustainable profitable?

December 4, 2018

Banks are being encouraged to sign up to sustainable development. But, asks Brian Caplen, will the strategy hurt or enhance profits?

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Transparency can open the door to investment

December 3, 2018

Comprehensive best practice data is the key to improving the investment climate of emerging markets, writes the IFC’s Ethiopis Tafara.

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Santander’s digital dreams move ahead with Openbank

December 3, 2018

Ezequiel Szafir, the CEO of Openbank, talks to Joy Macknight about constructing Santander’s fully digital experiment from the ground up.

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Argentina foreign affairs minister bullish on recovery

December 3, 2018

Argentina's foreign affairs minister tells The Banker why he is confident the country will bounce back from economic crisis, with help from China.

Bye-bye cash, hello contactless?

December 3, 2018

Developed markets have been quick to embrace contactless payment, while China's favourite method – via QR code – is fast spreading abroad. So is this the death knell for cash? 

Oil-producing Gulf states at an inflection point

December 3, 2018

With the sky no longer the limit for Middle Eastern oil prices, Gulf Co-operation Council states must adapt and find new markets, or face the consequences.

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Think like a venture capitalist

November 27, 2018

Innovation is easier and cheaper in the digital age. Banks should take advantage of this, writes Brian Caplen.

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Solved! The productivity mystery

November 20, 2018

The challenges banks face with regulation and legacy IT systems hold lessons for the wider economy, writes Brian Caplen.

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