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Banking under pressure Episode 58: Covid’s impact on Asia's asset quality

Jonathan Cornish, head of Asia-Pacific banking at Fitch Ratings, speaks to The Banker’s Kimberley Long about how asset quality in China and India have been impacted by Covid-19. 

Banking under pressure Episode 57: The future of banking

Jacob Morgan, senior analyst with Forrester, talks to James King about the future of banking, including the ways in which banks will unleash insights from customer data and the alignment of social and environmental values with those of the consumer.

Banking under pressure Episode 56: Liquidity under pressure

Nadeem Shamim, the head of cash and liquidity at Smartstream, tells The Banker’s Kimberley Long how liquidity has come under strain during the pandemic, and what can be learned from the experience in future.

Banking under pressure Episode 55: Delivering real positive change in banking

Sanat Rao, chief business officer and global head of Infosys Finacle, a core banking system provider, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how Covid-19 has fostered faster innovation in banking and payments and the role that banks can play in creating a better world post-pandemic.

Banking under pressure Episode 54: Supporting African trade during the pandemic

Dr Hippolyte Fofack, chief economist at the African Export-Import Bank, talks to John Everington about how lessons learnt in previous crises have informed policy responses in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and the future direction of African trade finance.

Banking under pressure Episode 53: Covid-19, transparency and regulation

Shearman and Sterling's of counsel and Deutsche Bank's former co-general counsel Simon Dodds on the need for more transparency and a closer relation with regulators during the coronavirus pandemic.

Banking under pressure Episode 52: Rethinking the supply chain finance model

Andres Ricaurte, senior vice-president and global head of payments, Mphasis, an IT services company, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how the Covid-19 pandemic exposed fault lines in the global supply chain and how technology like blockchain can be applied to create a new supply chain finance model.

Banking under pressure Episode 51: Covid-19 spikes costs and potential financial fraud related to lasting power of attorney agreements

Peter Holford, founder of Agapay, talks about the costs and risks around lasting power of attorney (LPA) during Covid-19, as lockdown delayed the creation and execution of legal arrangements that allow customers, including vulnerable people, to appoint someone to deal with their finances on their behalf just as the importance of LPAs became more evident.

Banking under pressure Episode 50: Covid-19’s impact on the tech start-up community

Yifat Oron, CEO of LeumiTech, the high-tech banking arm of Israel’s Bank Leumi, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the coronavirus lock-down's impact on the global technology start-up community and what banks should be doing to support this segment, especially in the access to funding.

Banking under pressure Episode 49: Digital banking in a health crisis

Martin Flick, chief executive of Olive Communications, speaks to James King about the state of the UK's digital banking landscape in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Banking under pressure Episode 48: Payments and fraud during the pandemic

Stephan Schmidt-Tank, head of financial services specialists, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Amazon Web Services, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the payments world, how cloud technology can alleviate some of the pressures on banks and payments companies, and the best way to address fraud challenges.

Banking under pressure Episode 47: How corporates can succeed post-Covid

Hernan Cristerna, executive chairman, global merger and acquisition (M&A) at JPMorgan, speaks to The Banker’s Marie Kemplay about how corporates can navigate the strategic challenges the pandemic has created and succeed in the long term.

Banking under pressure Episode 46: Capital market innovation spurred on by Covid-19

Nick Cowan, CEO of GSX Group, speaks to The Banker’s Kimberley Long about how capital markets are developing due to the pandemic, and how greater cross-border interoperability could benefit the markets. 

Banking under pressure Episode 45: Africa's debt challenge

Jeff Gable, chief economist at Absa CIB, talks to John Everington about the economic sectors facing the biggest impact from Covid-19 across Africa, and how states and multilateral lenders should respond to the continent's lending requirements.

Banking under pressure Episode 44: Singapore’s supply chains respond to Covid-19

Kheng Leong Lee, Asia-Pacific representative for HPD LendScape, speaks to The Banker’s Kimberley Long about how supply chains have been impacted in Singapore by Covid-19, how the regulator has helped, and the next steps post-lockdown.

Banking under pressure Episode 43: Smooth trading in a time of disruption

Ben Springett, European head of electronic and program trading at Jefferies, talks to The Banker's Marie Kemplay about how the bank has ensured staff are well equipped and supported to do their jobs remotely, and managed record volumes of trading activity for clients. 

Banking under pressure Episode 42: Bahrain's response to Covid-19

Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Bahrain's ambassador in Washington, speaks to John Everington about the country's response to Covid-19, the impact of new oil discoveries on the economy, and how the country's fintech industry has adapted to the pandemic.

Banking under pressure Episode 41: Benefits of blockchain on Islamic finance

Masumi Hamahira, honorary treasurer, Grand Council, Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals tells The Banker’s Kimberley Long how blockchain can be applied to Islamic finance, and how Covid-19 could accelerate the adoption of smart banking.

Banking under pressure Episode 40: Isle of Man’s response to the Covid-19 crisis

John Hunter, head of banking and fiduciaries at Finance Isle of Man, which promotes the crown dependency’s financial and professional services industry, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the situation in the offshore financial centre, how the government is supporting the financial and professional services sector, and refreshing its Vision 2020 strategy in the current environment.

Banking under pressure Episode 39: Covid-19 and the development of central bank digital currencies

Philip Middleton, deputy chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), discusses the outlook for central bank digital currency development in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Banking under pressure Episode 38: Covid-19 and the eurozone's economic outlook

Jean-François Robin, Natixis' head of research for corporate and investment banking, speaks to James King about the outlook for the euro area economy, as well as the role that the European Central Bank is playing in responding to the economic crisis. 

Banking under pressure Episode 37: Maintain motivation and improve productivity

Sumit Oberai, senior vice-president of digital technology and Martin Wildberger, executive vice-president of innovation and technology at the Royal Bank of Canada, talk to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the bank’s ability to move the vast majority of its workforce to working remotely in just a few weeks’ time and how it is turning lessons learned during the crisis into long-term innovations.

Banking under pressure Episode 36: Covid-19 and the outlook for fintech funding

Oliwia Berdak, vice president and research director at Forrester, discusses the outlook for fintech funding in light of the pandemic and the implications a shifting financing landscape could have on the relationship between banks and fintechs.

Banking under pressure Episode 35: Supporting corporates to survive, and recover from, the crisis

Tyler Dickson, co-head of banking, capital markets and advisory at Citi talks to The Banker's Marie Kemplay about the challenges facing corporates in the current climate and the vital role that banks, such as Citi, play in helping them to ride out the storm.

Banking under pressure Episode 34: Digitising trade in time of Covid-19

Michael Vrontamitis, head of trade for Europe and Americas at Standard Chartered, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how the pandemic is accelerating the digitisation trend in trade, why governments and regulatory bodies are looking at this more closely and what companies should do in order to take advantage of this shift.

Banking under pressure Episode 33: Practical advice for financial institutions

Chris Jameson, head of financial institutions sales, GTS EMEA, Bank of America, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the enduring prevalence of cash amid rapid digital transformation and provides some practical tips.

Banking under pressure Episode 32: Corporate banks’ responses to clients’ financing needs

Ronan O’Kelly, partner in Oliver Wyman’s corporate and institutional banking practice, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how the crisis has impacted the cash flows of many corporates and SMEs, why banks should create a ‘credit war room’ and how they can build a dynamic credit decisioning framework.

Banking under pressure Episode 31: Funding the response to Covid-19

Martin Scheck, CEO of the International Capital Market Association, speaks to The Banker’s Marie Kemplay about how international bond markets have been leading the way on funding the healthcare and economic response to Covid-19.

Banking under pressure Episode 30: Interview with José Viñals, Standard Chartered's chairman

Recorded on 11th May. Silvia Pavoni asks Standard Chartered's chairman José Viñals about NPL provisions, emerging markets and whether the coronavirus pandemic could turn into a banking crisis.

Banking under pressure Episode 29: What Nordic corporates need during Covid-19 crisis

Paula da Silva, head of transaction services at SEB, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how the pandemic has affected businesses in the Nordics, and what corporate clients have asked for during the emergency.

Banking under pressure Episode 28: Continuing to innovate, even during a crisis

Benoit Legrand, chief innovation officer at ING, speaks to The Banker's Marie Kemplay about the vital role that innovation can to play in improving the products and services ING is able to offer clients, even during a time of crisis.

Banking under pressure Episode 27: What lessons can be learned from Asian banks?

Jan Bellens global banking and capital markets sector leader at EY, talks to The Banker's Kimberley Long about the way Asian banks have responded to the pandemic to support their customers and workforce, and what the Western banks can learn from their experiences.

Banking under pressure Episode 26: Pakistan calls for international response to crisis

Debt relief could support developing countries through Covid-19 crisis, says Asad Majeed Khan, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States.

Banking under pressure Episode 25: The benefits of digital trade during a global crisis

Andrew Raymond, CEO of Bolero, a provider of trade finance digitisation solutions, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the severe disruption trade finance supply chains are facing today.

Banking under pressure Episode 24: Immunity passports and blockchain technology

Andrew Tobin, EMEA managing director at Evernym, which aims to solve the digital identity crisis, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the balance between citizen privacy and mitigating the spread of Covid-19, how blockchain could help to solve this conundrum and the Covid-19 Credentials Initiative.

Banking under pressure Episode 23: Evolving the transaction banking model

Shahrokh Moinian, JPMorgan’s EMEA head of wholesale payments, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the move to digital payments during the pandemic, the increased threat of fraud and how the business model of transaction banks needs to evolve.

Banking under pressure Episode 22: Trading and technology during the pandemic

Kim Fournais, founder and CEO, Saxo Bank, a Danish investment bank specialising in online trading and investment, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how trading is performing during this period of volatility, how clients are navigating the current environment and how banks should be rethinking their IT strategy.

Banking under pressure Episode 21: How the Philippines central bank is supporting the country's economy

Benjamin Diokno, central bank governor of the Philippines, speaks with The Banker's Kimberley Long about the steps they have taken to support the economy during the pandemic, what he predicts the country's recovery will look like, and predictions for future trends.

Banking under pressure Episode 20: How will Covid-19 impact corporate credit markets?

Data is vital in understanding how institutions can better mitigate risks, Alex Braid from enterprise intelligence platform Quantexa, tells The Banker's Joy Macknight.

Banking under pressure Episode 19: Accelerating the move to digital payments

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa payments and receivables in Citi’s treasury and trade solutions division, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how the pandemic is affecting Citi’s corporate clients, such as merchants, in EMEA, how the bank is helping clients through these difficult times and the ways in which the crisis is accelerating the move to digital payments.

Banking under pressure Episode 18: How banks can help companies digitise

Raof Latiff, group head of global transaction services product management at DBS in Singapore, speaks with The Banker's Kimberley Long about how the coronavirus has pushed business towards digitising, and how banks can step up to support their customers on their digital journeys.

Banking under pressure Episode 17: Is Russia's banking sector ready for Covid-19?

Elena Tsareva, senior analyst at BCS Global Markets, speaks to James King about the Bank of Russia's efforts to support the economy and the health of the country's banking sector in light of the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Banking under pressure Episode 16: The outlook for eurozone banks

Alex Birry, managing director, financial institutions, S&P Global Ratings, talks to James King about the health of the euro area banking sector and the prospects for consolidation in light of the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Banking under pressure Episode 15: How Covid-19's impact pushes bank digitisation

David Murphy, managing partner for financial services internationally, Publicis Sapient, a digital business transformation company, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how the economic impact of Covid-19 is pushing banks to digitise and what banks need to be doing in order to help employees and customers during this time of remote living.

Banking under pressure Episode 14: The ethics of sanctions during a pandemic

Charles Delingpole, CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a regtech start-up that uses machine learning to wipe out financial crime, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about which types of financial crime are increasing due to the crisis situation, the ethical implications of sanctions during a pandemic and the impact the global shutdown will have on fintech. 

Banking under pressure Episode 13: Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic exposure

Yvonne Mhango, sub-Saharan Africa economist at Renaissance Capital, an emerging and frontier markets-focused investment bank, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about how the double blow of Covid-19 and oil price shock is affecting sub-Saharan African economies, which countries could afford stimulus programmes and which ones are most vulnerable.

Banking under pressure Episode 12: How will banks look like after Covid-19?

The Institute of International Finance's CEO Tim Adams talks to Silvia Pavoni about the way the coronavirus pandemic is affecting banks' activity, operations and role in the community, and how this may influence their relationship with regulators.

Banking under pressure Episode 11: Creating liquidity in volatile markets

Gareth Coltman, global head of trading automation at MarketAxess, a leading electronic trading platform for fixed income markets, talks to The Banker’s Marie Kemplay about how the platform has adapted to significant demand over recent weeks as well as how platforms like MarketAxess can support the creation of market liquidity in times of financial stress. 

Banking under pressure Episode 10: Managing risks and ensuring operational resilience

Paul Ford, CEO of risk management and data analytics platform, Acin, talks to The Banker's Marie Kemplay about the significant risk control and regulatory challenges that the covid-19 pandemic poses for banks, and how well they are managing. 

Banking under pressure Episode 9: Protecting communities under quarantine

Gonzalo Gortázar, CEO of CaixaBank, a Spanish financial services company, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the situation in Spain, the steps the bank is taking to protect its customers and communities, and how the coronavirus crisis is speeding up the move to digital banking.

Banking under pressure Episode 8: the UK and the US

Daniel Vernazza, chief international economist at UniCredit, discusses the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the UK economy, as well as its implications for the US labour market. 

Banking under pressure Episode 7: Bank response and CEO performance

Simon Lewis, senior managing director and EMEA vice chairman for FTI Consulting, talks to The Banker's editor Brian Caplen about how banks should respond to the Covid 19 pandemic and how well their CEOs will perform under the pressure.

Banking under pressure Episode 6: Litigation and the Covid-19 pandemic

Linklaters partner Ed Chan talks to The Banker's Silvia Pavoni about the wave of litigation that may hit banks' balance sheets as the Covid-19 pandemic takes its toll on the economy.

Banking under pressure Episode 5: Lessons from Asian banks’ coronavirus response

Vito Giudici, senior partner from McKinsey’s banking practice in Hong Kong, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about the situation in Hong Kong, what banks should be prioritising at this time and how banks can use the current situation to accelerate their digital transformation.

Banking under pressure Episode 4: Accelerating the move towards digital banking

Babs Ogundeyi, CEO of KudaBank, a Nigerian digital-only challenger bank, and Raj Kulasingam, senior counsel, Dentons, who is an investor and also legal advisors, talk to The Banker's Joy Macknight about Nigeria's response to Covid-19 and how the pandemic is accelerating the drive towards digital banking and less face-to-face transactions.

Banking under pressure Episode 3: The coronavirus impact on Latin America

Capital Economics's William Jackson talks to Silvia Pavoni about the coronavirus impact on Latin America, whether fiscal policy can be adjusted as much as monetary policy already has, and if the global pandemic will foment nationalistic tendencies rather than encourage a coordinated response.

Banking under pressure Episode 2: Advice on full-scale working from home

Max Belingheri, group CEO of BFF Banking Group, headquartered in Milan, talks to The Banker's Joy Macknight about enabling full-scale working from home for the bank's staff, as well as the possible impacts the multi-country lockdown will have on the supply chain for government and healthcare entities.  

Banking under pressure Episode 1: Who pays for coronavirus?

The Banker editor Brian Caplen talks to managing editor Joy Macknight about whether the banks are better prepared for an economic crisis brought about by Covid-19 compared to the global financial crisis and how the banks could redeem themselves in the eyes of their customers, regaining the trust that they lost in the aftermath of the banking crisis.

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