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Bye-bye cash, hello contactless?

December 3, 2018

Developed markets have been quick to embrace contactless payment, while China's favourite method – via QR code – is fast spreading abroad. So is this the death knell for cash? 

Oil-producing Gulf states at an inflection point

December 3, 2018

With the sky no longer the limit for Middle Eastern oil prices, Gulf Co-operation Council states must adapt and find new markets, or face the consequences.

The EU's AML report card: Must do better

October 1, 2018

Despite the rhetoric in Europe on tackling money laundering, cases continue to come to light. Politician should act together now, says Stefanie Linhardt. 

Mega-mergers caught in the crossfire between regulators and politics

August 31, 2018

Anyone waiting for mega M&A to return to Europe should not hold their breath.

The quantum revolution is coming

August 1, 2018

Quantum computing has advanced to the point where banks can no longer afford to ignore it.

Why blockchain can revolutionise trade finance

July 4, 2018

Bank-led consortia are investigating the use of blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, to streamline, improve and cut costs in the trade finance space. As more than one platform may be used, interoperability will be essential.

Europe primed for wave of banking consolidation

July 4, 2018

A decade after the crisis, consolidation might mean a healthier bank industry. 

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. 

Embracing an Open Banking future

February 26, 2018

Banks are learning that the old compliance rules no longer apply.

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