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Five key takeaways from the FCA’s AML crackdown in 2023

January 27, 2023

With AML compliance at the top of the FCA’s enforcement agenda for this year, we highlight important focus points for banks and other regulated firms operating in the UK.

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Edinburgh reforms: a dent in the UK’s gold-plated armour?

January 16, 2023

In the race for ‘turbocharged’ economic growth, is the UK putting its reputation for gold-plated financial services rules, which kept risky behaviours in check, on the line? 

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A strong year for banking-as-a-service in Europe

January 12, 2023

Financial services have undergone a deep transformation in the last few years, one such change being the rise of banking-as-a-service – or BaaS – which was particularly prominent in Europe in 2022.

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Stressed gilt market conditions shine spotlight on UK DB pensions

January 11, 2023

The gilt market spiral in September, which created a material risk to UK financial stability, has brought defined benefit pension schemes under greater regulatory scrutiny. 

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Major trends for European retail banks in 2023

January 6, 2023

Prioritising customer support, more face-to-face interactions and sustainable practices are among the key 2023 predictions for the retail banking industry in Europe.

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Central Bank of Iceland governor cautious despite economic growth

January 6, 2023

The Central Bank of Iceland governor talks about its new financial stability powers and its policies to prevent too much leverage.

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Iceland looks to a hi-tech future

January 5, 2023

While some trade headwinds are expected to hit Iceland in 2023, the country is focused on the fourth pillar of its economy: innovation.

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Icelandic banks’ recovery and resiliency

December 22, 2022

The restructuring of Iceland’s banking sector following its spectacular implosion has meant that the industry is in a much stronger position today than it was back in 2008. 

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The Banker’s Year in Review 2022 – the ‘best bits’

December 20, 2022

As we come to the end of this year, our editors look back on their own coverage for The Banker in 2022: Here are our ‘best bits’. 

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Small businesses need quicker payments to survive

December 15, 2022

A culture of late payments by bigger companies is leaving small businesses struggling to get by.

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