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Remittances – how the banks missed out

July 31, 2018

Banks are looking to tie-up with the new players in the remittance business that have made sending small sums of money cheaper and easier. But, asks Brian Caplen, what’s in it for them?

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May’s bad Brexit for banks

July 24, 2018

The UK economy is 80% services so a Brexit that excludes services from a free-trade agreement with the EU makes little sense, writes Brian Caplen.

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Wanted: algorithm mechanic

July 17, 2018

Task: tuning algos for profits

Skill set: the three Cs

Salary: 10% higher than Fangs 

CV: bankers may apply

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China and India at top and bottom in banking

July 10, 2018

What conclusions should we draw from the contrasting fortunes of Chinese and Indian banks, asks Brian Caplen. Is India doing the hard work now that China will need to do later?

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VTB’s digital strategy embraces co-operation

July 4, 2018

Olga Dergunova, VTB Bank’s deputy president, hails a new era of co-operation in Russia’s banking industry, not just bank-to-bank but bank-to-fintech and, importantly, bank-to-regulator. Joy Macknight reports.

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Commerzbank’s head of corporate finance puts his faith in Schuldschein

July 4, 2018

Commerzbank’s head of corporate finance, Roman Schmidt, speaks to Danielle Myles about the bank’s new approach to coverage, blockchain’s investment banking potential and the Schuldschein market’s ability to reinvent itself.

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Slovakia’s finance minister seeks to keep economy moving

July 4, 2018

One of the candidates during the Eurogroup chair elections and a keen advocacy of fiscal consolidation, Slovakian finance minister Peter Kazimir has played a key role in the country’s fiscal and economic achievements. But is the country’s economy at risk of overheating? Stefanie Linhardt finds out.

Swiss ‘no’ does not end international debate on monetary reform

July 4, 2018

It is up to academics and policy-makers to educate the public on the benefits of greater state control of money supply, says Martin Brown, professor of banking at the University of St Gallen.

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Tax and narcotics dominate Panama finance minister's agenda

July 4, 2018

The finance minister of Panama, Dulcidio De La Guardia, is seeking international co-operation to help the country tackle issues such as tax evasion and drug trafficking. In addition, he tells Silvia Pavoni, he is also looking to the UK to assist in cultivating an environment in which fintechs can thrive.

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BBVA goes green to drive Spain’s economic boom

July 4, 2018

BBVA has enjoyed a recent turnaround in fortunes, cutting its bad loans and boosting its capital adequacy ratios. In 2018, as part of a commitment to sustainable issues, the bank launched a $1bn green bond to widespread interest. David Wigan reports.

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