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International banking platforms: the new imperatives

March 1, 2013

The economic changes that have taken place over the past few years have forced banks to fine-tune their business and expansion strategies, not just to stay competitive – or regain their competitive advantage – but to also keep abreast with new technologies and changing demands from clients. 

Basel III reshapes trade finance

Basel III reshapes trade finance

March 1, 2013

As Basel III regulations come into play, banks looking for a quick fix to bulky balance sheets are divesting their trade finance assets, creating a gap in the market that investor groups and other alternative financiers are keen to fill.

Finding a global transaction banking niche

March 1, 2013

A focus on individual key strengths, both in terms of products and geographical footprint, is the driving force behind big banks’ global transaction banking business strategies as they search for a unique selling point in an increasingly competitive market.

A dictionary of difficulties from 2012

December 3, 2012

If 'algorithms, bail-ins and cajas' were the ABC of banking in 2012, what will be the new buzzwords? Philip Alexander looks at the phrases that defined 12 months of pain, and suggests some words to watch in 2013.

TEASER Can Hong Kong adapt as China

Can Hong Kong adapt as China opens up?

February 1, 2012

Hong Kong's economic success looks set to continue for some time yet, but challenges lie ahead for its exchange. How will it cope with declines in listing growth, and ultimately all out competition with its peers on the mainland?

London stock exchange

LSE builds on foreign interest amid global shift

February 1, 2012

International listings are a huge part of the London Stock Exchange's business, but emerging market exchanges are becoming a genuine source of competition. However, the LSE's reputation and prestige look set to keep the bourse's global standing high in the short to medium term at the very least.


Adapting the securities value chain

January 3, 2012

As regulators seek to push more business onto exchanges and into central clearing, and to make derivatives and other markets more transparent and more resilient, the reform of the securities industry is well under way. What will regulations mean for businesses in practice?


Citi's EMEA trading chief glad to be back in the game

November 1, 2011

After spending well over a decade building out UBS's electronic trading business, Tim Wildenberg made the move to Citi in search of fresh challenges. He tells The Banker why he switched banks, and discusses the opportunities and priorities of his new role.

Market controls

Market controls: does intervention work?

October 3, 2011

Short selling bans are almost always implemented at the crux of a financial crisis, but some economists suggest that they may not aid recovery, but rather they may negatively affect the market.

European Central Bank

What do investment managers need from brokers?

September 1, 2011

As their global operating models evolve, what do investment managers need from their service providers and what can they do to help themselves?

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