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Making capital flow downhill

October 12, 2018

Money flows around the world like never before, but, asks Brian Caplen, is it promoting development?

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Is light-touch regulation right for fintechs?

October 11, 2018

Indonesian president Joko Widodo endorses a light touch for fintechs but IMF managing director Christine Lagarde prefers a 'proportionate' approach. Brian Caplen assesses which is the best way forward.

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IMF meets in digital Indonesia

October 10, 2018

Emerging markets will reap the greatest gains from the online economy, as shown by Indonesia’s experiences, writes Brian Caplen.

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Banking – you want it boring?

October 9, 2018

A decade after the financial crash banks are safer, but generating returns above the cost of capital is a challenge, writes Brian Caplen.

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May’s bad Brexit works for Jersey

October 2, 2018

Political agendas have taken control of the Brexit negotiations. This makes a no-deal scenario more likely even though there are plenty of solutions to hand, writes Brian Caplen.

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Facing down the fintechs

September 25, 2018

For all the talk of partnerships with fintechs, banks still need a multi-pronged digital strategy that includes a standalone operation or 'beta bank', writes Brian Caplen.  

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How China could benefit from the US trade war

September 18, 2018

If US president Donald Trump forces China to change its economic model, Brian Caplen says he will be doing the country a favour.

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How to overcome banking's digital disappointments

September 11, 2018

The track record of gains from mobile and cloud investments is poor. Can banks do better with AI, robotics and blockchain?

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Will open banking replace mergers?

August 31, 2018

Merger talk is on the rise again in Europe. But with resistance from national regulators, Brian Caplen asks whether open banking, partnerships or digital routes are better ways to serve overseas markets and boost returns.

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Banks must live with populism

August 28, 2018

The American century is over. Plan for more uncertainty amid the birth pangs of the new world, writes Brian Caplen. 

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