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A brave new world

August 30, 2010

Regulatory reform is changing the face of global finances for good, but it is important the new rules do not sacrifice liquidity in the search for transparency.

Estonia's lesson for Europe's powerhouses

July 28, 2010

Estonia may be in debt, but it has the third-lowest budget deficit in Europe and, as the country's prime minister explains, its policies of prudence and restraint are putting it in a strong position for its entry to the eurozone. Interview by Courtney Fingar.

The G-20? Better to make changes to the IMF

July 6, 2010

The G-20 played a key role in averting a global depression but the IMF has greater overall legitimacy.

Africa's worthwhile challenges

May 28, 2010

Banking in Africa faces major challenges but the outlook is compellingly positive for players who are committed to investing in the continent's growth.

Matching rhetoric with action

May 5, 2010

The case for economic integration in Africa is clear: the 53 economies within the continent simply cannot compete in the global economy if they stand alone.

Getting to grips with EU financial supervision

March 31, 2010

The global financial system needs better supervision, but this should not come at the expense of local regulatory expertise and participation in decisions that affect individual countries.

How technological evolution can help the post-crisis world

March 3, 2010

The recent management reshuffle at business software maker SAP led to the departure of the chief executive Leo Apotheker. His replacement as one of two co-CEOs, former head of product development, Jim Hagemann Snabe, gave his view of the post-crisis world in an interview with The Banker's editor Brian Caplen at Davos just before the announcement of his promotion.

Russia's ambitious plan for economic reform

February 1, 2010

The economic advisor to the Russian president explains why he is cautiously optimistic about the country's economic prospects for 2010. Interview by Philip Alexander.

Reaching consensus on how to fail and how to avoid failure

December 30, 2009

An internationally agreed upon bankruptcy code, a global regulatory framework that allows banks to grow, less reliance on technology and a stronger focus on risk management are the key actions that must be taken in light of the past two years. Interview by Silvia Pavoni.

The social business of Brazil's enterprises

November 27, 2009

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil

Brazil is widely tipped for economic greatness. Its leader revealed the vision behind the country's moves to growth during a keynote speech at a recent Financial Times investment conference.

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