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Retooling staff for the digital age

January 2, 2020

People are an essential strand of a bank's digital strategy, so reinventing training and career advancement methods is crucial to both attract and retain the best staff.

The world watches as China's paytechs march on

January 2, 2020

China’s payment technology giants have the country’s long reach into Belt and Road countries to help them expand, benefiting the unbanked in emerging markets but making Western politicians uneasy. 

1, 2, 3 or 4? Basel compliance is such a chore

December 2, 2019

Compliance with the latest incarnation of Basel rules is patchy, with some developing countries still struggling to comply with the earlier versions.

Have the 'sleepy bond markets' finally woken up?

December 2, 2019

Bonds are often portrayed as the more sedate side of capital markets but it is not necessarily a fair characterisation.

Could Islamic banking solve financial inclusion?

November 1, 2019

With millions of people excluded from the financial system because of their religious beliefs, would adapting to their needs boost the numbers of financial inclusion? 

The ECB cannot direct EU fiscal policy alone

November 1, 2019

As Mario Draghi steps down from his European Central Bank role, it is crucial that other parties take responsibility for the EU’s fiscal direction.

Start-ups missing from Asia's virtual banking wave

October 1, 2019

In Asia, virtual banking is being seen as an overhaul of the bank sector – but in reality it could be more of the same from the existing players, just under a new name. 

Does Africa need Facebook's Libra?

October 1, 2019

Facebook’s Libra will, it is claimed, bring the unbanked into the financial system. However, in Africa this issue is being tackled in more innovative ways.

Pacific Islands need a financial makeover

August 1, 2019

The Pacific Islands are trying to establish themselves as economic centres beyond dependence on tourism, but from their perspective the international community has been slow to help. 

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. 

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