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Who wants to work in a bank?

February 26, 2019

Attracting talent in the wake of the financial crisis is proving a challenge. But there are innovative ideas around, as Brian Caplen discovers.

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Will fintechs stay the course?

February 19, 2019

Fintechs are making waves and revenues but turning a profit may take longer, even as much as 10 years. Many, writes Brian Caplen, will disappear altogether.

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China’s slowdown: don’t blame Trump

February 12, 2019

A massive contraction in shadow banking is the reason for slower growth in China, not the developing trade war with the US. Regulators everywhere should take note, writes Brian Caplen.

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Worry when bank returns rise

February 5, 2019

Are concerns about low return on equity based on a false assumption about the cost of capital? Adjust that and the picture improves dramatically, writes Brian Caplen.

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Do you read customer complaints?

January 29, 2019

A danger for CEOs of major banks is that they focus too much on the macro at the expense of the micro, writes Brian Caplen. Reading customer complaints would help them get a more balanced view.

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Are regulators on top of shadow banks?

January 22, 2019

Where shadow banking is driving credit creation, regulators are liable to find their efforts to calm things down meeting with political resistance. India and China are both in focus, writes Brian Caplen.

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Brexit damage is done

January 15, 2019

Jobs and assets that move out of the UK due to Brexit are not coming back. But banks can learn management lessons from the prime minister’s mistakes, writes Brian Caplen.

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Banks to strike back in 2019

January 8, 2019

Markets are choppy and the economic outlook is grim but 2019 could be a year of banking renaissance, writes Brian Caplen.

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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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