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Why 'real time' will become a reality in 2019

January 2, 2019

The ongoing collaboration between banks and fintechs presents an opportunity for financial institutions to rethink and update their offerings in 2019, by bringing them into real time – as innovators in the southern hemisphere are already doing, says Chris Skinner.

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Matthew Blake: Financial services must take the lead in defining customer data principles

January 2, 2019

Customer data has been identified as a major risk facing the financial system, which is why the World Economic Forum (WEF) has been working on the formulation of principles surrounding its use, dissemination and possible leaks. WEF committee member Matthew Blake explains.

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Herman van Rompuy: Keeping it together for the sake of the EU

January 2, 2019

The EU is riven by internal discord, driven by nationalism and social discontent in member states, and squeezed by external pressures such as the US' actions and associated trade wars. Former European Council president Herman van Rompuy makes a plea for unity. 

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Nikhil Rathi: Capital markets development is key to Africa’s growth

January 2, 2019

Only by developing its local capital markets can Africa gain access to global investment, which would enable the continent's countries to combat climate change, build infrastructure and support its wide range of companies, says London Stock Exchange CEO Nikhil Rathi.

The end of the line for wasteful economic models

January 2, 2019

The world's current patterns of consumption are globally acknowledged to be unsustainable, leading to calls for this linear economic model to be replaced with a 'circular' economy. 

Crunch time for Australia's banks

January 1, 2019

After a damning report from the Royal Commission, Australian banks must overhaul how they operate or face losing share to challenger banks and Asian rivals. 

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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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