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Finance becomes victim instead of cause of risk

October 13, 2014

The financial sector may be moving down the list of global risks, but this does not come as much of a relief to the banks themselves, writes Philip Alexander from the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Washington DC.

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Obituary: Emilio Botín

September 10, 2014

Brian Caplen remembers Santander chairman Emilio Botín, who died in September.

Banks must arm themselves for the age of cyber warfare

September 4, 2014

The dangers of cyber attacks are rapidly becoming apparent to banks, which are having to arm themselves against this new threat at a time when they are already grappling with capital, liquidity and governance risks.

The heat is rising on the interest rate debate

August 22, 2014

The hot topic at this year's annual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, US, will be interest rates – with developed economies still cautious about raising their rates and emerging economies becoming increasingly frustrated by this inaction.

Regulation is pushing in the wrong direction

August 15, 2014

Far from tackling the problems that led to the global financial meltdown, new regulation is steering the banking sector towards yet another crisis.

IFRS adds new complications to accounting mix

July 28, 2014

The IFRS's latest attempt to simplify international accounting rules scores some small victories, but it also introduces a number of significant new problems into the accounting equation.

BRICS new alliance speaks volumes

July 16, 2014

By establishing the New Development Bank, the BRICS economies of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa have made their biggest push yet towards redressing the economic world order.

Brazil needs to get back on the offensive

July 9, 2014

Brazil has made huge economic gains in the past few decades, but this growth is now threatening to grind to a halt. Further progress rests on the country's ability to reform and tackle key issues, such as its infrastructure deficit and poor public services.

Scotland's future rests on uncertain ground

July 3, 2014

The subject of Scottish independence has received global attention, with leaders from the US and Europe weighing in on the discussion. But, with very few clear facts, opinion seems to be the main driver of the debate.

A moral dilemma for the banking industry

June 26, 2014

Establishing an ethical banking code is not as easy as it may sound, and could end up doing consumers more harm than good.

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