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Debt defaults in a post-Paris Club world

March 27, 2018

When Russia and China lend to emerging markets it is as much about politics and soft power as it is about economics. This makes any restructuring process unpredictable, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Latin America's long 'to do' list

March 26, 2018

Latin America has come through the recent global recession in better shape than many expected. But that is no reason to hold back on important reforms, writes Brian Caplen.

ADB president says Asia can withstand external shocks

March 26, 2018

Takehiko Nakao, president of the Asian Development Bank, discusses the impact of US Fed rate hikes and the possibility of protectionist US trade policies on a rapidly growing Asian region. Stefania Palma reports.

How investment banking pioneered fintech

March 26, 2018

Corporate and investment banking might look complicated and regulation-bound, but the sector was an early champion of technology and paved the way for many developments.

Why MENA makes sense for the EBRD

March 26, 2018

Where once post-Communist countries attracted the lion’s share of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development investment, destinations such as Turkey and Egypt now dominate, signalling a change of focus south and east of the Mediterranean. 

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Latin ​America prices US risk

March 22, 2018

The world is being turned upside down, writes Brian Caplen. US banks used to worry about Latin American risk but now the region's banks are concerned about US risk and the next Trump tweet.

The UK's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation: a new sheriff in town?

March 22, 2018

A new UK anti-corruption authority looks set to wield an increased level of power, meaning compliance officers may have to review their strategies in the country, write Steven Farmer and Aaron Hutman.

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Banking's North-South digital divide

March 20, 2018

​The biggest profits from digital banking will not be in Europe or North America but in Brazil and other key emerging markets, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

The three-way split that threatens banks

March 12, 2018

“The digital chasm will claim 80% of the world’s bank within 20 years.” This statement may be far-fetched but the thinking behind it is worth considering, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Blockchain: where it works, where it doesn’t

March 6, 2018

Blockchain may not change the world but it will make an impact in areas of banking such as syndicated lending, trade finance, settlement and clearing, writes Brian Caplen.

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