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Latin America moves the needle in the geopolitics of trade

February 26, 2018

US and China attitudes to the economic potential of Latin America could hardly be more different, but the region will make up its own mind.

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How fast can banks be 'climate change ready'?

February 20, 2018

A new report criticises​ banks for doing too little on climate change but also gives examples of them getting it right. Brian Caplen assesses what lenders can do to maintain their environmental credentials.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​Frontier banks and the school of hard knocks

February 13, 2018

G7 bankers complain about QE destroying net interest margins. They should try a spell in a frontier market where sovereign borrowing may be deterring depositors, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​Could a trader crash your bank?

February 6, 2018

Trading floors have changed dramatically since the crisis, but some traders will always push the boundaries. Brian Caplen asks: is your bank restraining or promoting them?

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AIB’s chief digital officer looks towards frictionless banking

February 1, 2018

Seamus Murphy, the chief digital officer at Allied Irish Banks, talks to Joy Macknight about delivering key enabling technologies, tooling and frameworks to speed up the bank’s digital transformation.

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VW Bank extinguishes emissions fallout to make solo return

February 1, 2018

After the damaging emissions scandal in 2015, Volkswagen came back fighting in 2017. This led to VW Bank, freshly separated from VW Financial Services, issuing a three-tranche deal that exceeded all expectations. David Wigan reports.

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Moelis brings home comforts to Bridgepoint to seal Miller deal

February 1, 2018

The UK homebuilding industry is in rude health, which is good news for investment bank Moelis & Company. It enjoyed a productive 2017, with its advisory role in Bridgepoint's £655m acquisition of Miller Homes, and the subsequent bond sale, a high point, as Edward Russell-Walling describes.

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Citi’s CIB head embraces the tech challenge

February 1, 2018

Citi’s corporate and investment banking chief, Raymond McGuire, talks to Danielle Myles about why his is an apprenticeship business, what US tax reforms mean for dealflow, and why he is optimistic about emerging consumer companies. 

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Czech National Bank governor looks to a stable 2018

February 1, 2018

Having lifted the exchange rate cap on the koruna after more than three years in 2017, the governor of the Czech National Bank talks to Stefanie Linhardt about his expectations for the year ahead.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Branches are alive and kicking

January 30, 2018

Banks may be closing branches in developed countries, but in emerging markets they are opening new ones, writes Brian Caplen.

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