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Kuwait's Islamic finance sector takes off

April 1, 2019

Moves by Kuwait's central bank to sharpen regulation, improve liquidity and encourage greater take-up of fintech have nurtured the development of the country's Islamic finance sector. 

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Egypt's banking sector narrows the gender gap

April 1, 2019

Historically, women have been widely employed in Egypt's banks, with some now reaching top-level posts, including that of CEO. 

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FirstBank CEO looks to blend experience and youth in Nigeria

April 1, 2019

Nigeria's oldest financial institution, FirstBank, may have notched up a century and a quarter, but its workforce and ideas are both young, CEO Adesola Adeduntan tells The Banker.

Shanghai replaces Singapore as top Asian FDI centre

April 1, 2019

Shanghai has beaten out Singapore as the leading Asian destination for financial services FDI, but inflows are down across the board. 

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The Banker's Top 100 Central and Eastern Europe EU ranking: Poland maintains dominance

April 1, 2019

It has been a good year for banks operating in EU member countries of central and eastern Europe, with balance sheets being strengthened across the board. 

Japanese savers need to embrace risk to see return

April 1, 2019

Ageing populations are a challenge for countries across the developed world, none more so than Japan.

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What next for Venezuela?

March 19, 2019

The scene is set for a leadership change in Venezuela as international sanctions bite. How to handle such a delicate situation is proving tricky for bond holders and foreign investors.

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Is China leading the global green charge?

March 18, 2019

Having announced a war on pollution, China is now carving out a role as an advocate for environmental policies and, more importantly, a source of green finance. But will stalling domestic growth dampen its newfound fervour? Adrienne Klasa reports.

S&P: ratings outlook for European banks positive, but narrowing

March 7, 2019

Over the past two years, there has been only one ratings downgrade for one of Europe’s top 50 banks, according to S&P. The agency foresees stable balance sheets and good results from banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. But slowing growth in the big economies and low profitability means S&P foresees more negative ratings actions in 2019 than the year before. Kat Van Hoof reports.

Why more banks must support the circular economy

March 1, 2019

The circular economy is a disruption to to the business model that Intesa Sanpaolo is supporting, its CEO Carlo Messina writes, and more banks should be doing the same.

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