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Can emerging oil producers recover from slump?

May 22, 2020

As oil prices inch back up after April’s slump, developing market producers are requesting help.

EU's Covid-19 response a big step forward

May 22, 2020

The proposal for an EU-wide fund in response to the economic slump caused by Covid-19 is to be welcomed.

Caution is key as banks look to rescue their reputation

April 27, 2020

Banks are helping keep businesses afloat with loans and credit holidays but risk strategies are also essential.

Transition bonds deserve the green light

February 28, 2020

Transition bonds – an issuance option for 'brown' companies wanting to clean up their act – are controversial but essential tools in the fight against climate change.

Francs for the memories, but will the eco make any difference?

January 27, 2020

The CFA franc is being replaced in the Waemu region by the 'eco'. But will the benefits of this move be worth the bemusement it is causing elsewhere in Africa?

Now is not the time to write off IPOs

January 27, 2020

An eventful 2019 for initial public offerings has led to some questions about the appeal of the traditional IPO – one of the oldest and most established forms of fundraising – to modern businesses.

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.

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