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Will Facebook's Libra be a friend to the unbanked and regulators?

July 2, 2019

Facebook's new cryptocurrency, Libra, should give financial access to the social platform's users, even those without a bank account. But this financial freedom is not without risk. 

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Fear not, Facebook’s Libra is good for banks

June 25, 2019

The scare stories about how Libra will destroy banking are overdone. The project will expand the market bringing in more business for everyone, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Why fintechs can't dent a bright future for Africa's banks

June 18, 2019

Banks will not suffer even as fintechs shake up African finance, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Blockchain – more problems than solutions?

June 11, 2019

A huge amount of brainpower has gone into using blockchain in finance but widespread application is still a long way off.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Will bail-in work in a crisis?

June 4, 2019

A great deal of faith has been placed in bail-in bonds but so far there is little evidence of how they might operate in a crisis.

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Botswana investment minister hopes pan-African trade dream can become a reality

June 3, 2019

Botswana’s minister of investment, trade and industry, Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, talks to Adrienne Klasa about the country’s plans.

Roman Regelman teaser

BNY Mellon increases its collective digital IQ

June 3, 2019

Digital is not strategy only, it is strategy and a delivery vehicle, BNY Mellon’s head of digital tells Joy Macknight. 

Making Basel III work for developing economies

June 3, 2019

Any rush to implement improved regulatory standards must take into account the particular needs of developing markets, write Liliana Rojas-Suarez and Thorsten Beck of the Center for Global Development’s task force.

Getting to the core of banks' legacy problems

June 3, 2019

Legacy core banking systems are well past their shelf life and adding on new layers of functionality at the front end just won’t make the grade, writes Chris Skinner.

Olivier Bélorgey teaser

Crédit Agricole’s ‘non-capitalist’ model reaps AT1 reward

June 3, 2019

Crédit Agricole leveraged its unusual model to launch a dollar-denominated perpetual worth €4.75bn. 

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