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Lorenzo Bini Smaghi teaser

Société Générale chairman lays out streamlined strategy

July 2, 2019

Société Générale recently announced a restructuring plan. Chairman Lorenzo Bini Smaghi discusses this and other matters affecting the bank.

Ibrahim Ameer teaser

Maldives finance minister looks to lessen Chinese influence

July 2, 2019

The Maldives finance minister discusses the new government's priorities, its relationships with its neighbours and China, and investing in the ‘blue economy’.

Disruption is a yawn – but don't ignore it

July 2, 2019

Disruption may be a term both overused and under-delivered on, but ignore it at your peril. 

Mixed signals stymie China's fintech charge

July 2, 2019

China's fintech expansion has made global headlines – but progress is not consistent across the country. 

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.

Joyce Bogolo Kegenewendo teaser

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.

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