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Blockchain: where it works, where it doesn’t

March 6, 2018

Blockchain may not change the world but it will make an impact in areas of banking such as syndicated lending, trade finance, settlement and clearing, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Tapering plus Trump tax cuts could be scary for banks

February 27, 2018

US banks are eager for interest rate normality but, asks Brian Caplen, what are the risks of overshooting?

Brian Caplen blog 2016

How fast can banks be 'climate change ready'?

February 20, 2018

A new report criticises​ banks for doing too little on climate change but also gives examples of them getting it right. Brian Caplen assesses what lenders can do to maintain their environmental credentials.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​Frontier banks and the school of hard knocks

February 13, 2018

G7 bankers complain about QE destroying net interest margins. They should try a spell in a frontier market where sovereign borrowing may be deterring depositors, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​Could a trader crash your bank?

February 6, 2018

Trading floors have changed dramatically since the crisis, but some traders will always push the boundaries. Brian Caplen asks: is your bank restraining or promoting them?

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Branches are alive and kicking

January 30, 2018

Banks may be closing branches in developed countries, but in emerging markets they are opening new ones, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​Building a platform? Beware of the pitfalls

January 23, 2018

Some bank CEOs want to emulate Facebook and Amazon in building platform banking. But the tech giants have their own challenges, writes Brain Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

Big is the only way in banking

January 16, 2018

For all the talk of boutiques and fintechs, the banking market is more unequal than ever and the future promises more of the same​, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

How many Trumps work in your bank?

January 9, 2018

Senior management should be focused on the big strategic issues rather than fussing about the internal politics of the organisation, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​China’s Silk Road needs Western thread

January 2, 2018

Western banks and companies need to engage in China's world-changing Silk Road project or face being left on the sidelines, writes Brian Caplen.

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