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Russia exit

European banks still in Russia: should they stay or should they go?

March 17, 2023

As the prospect of selling their operations in Russia becomes increasingly challenging, should European banks walk away from their Russian operations or wait it out? 

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The Silicon Valley Bank collapse and Credit Suisse’s last minute lifeline

March 16, 2023

The world became addicted to free money, but now the party is over; what does this say about the health of the broader financial system?

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Russian sanctions: a cat and mouse game

March 15, 2023

A year in, how are the sanctions imposed by the West on Russian entities, goods, assets and individuals taking shape?

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Georgia central bank governor Koba Gvenetadze reflects on his seven years in office

February 23, 2023

The National Bank of Georgia’s outgoing governor talks about his biggest regret and the need for central banks to make unpopular decisions.

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Moving the needle on gender diversity in Europe’s banks

February 15, 2023

Despite gains at the boardroom level, women are still largely absent from the executive level within European banks. So, what will move the needle?

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Digital euro could be in circulation by 2027, ECB tells bank forum

February 3, 2023

With at least another four years to wait before a digital euro comes to fruition, some see more compelling use cases for ‘synthetic’ or wholesale central bank digital currencies. 

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Tokenisation: bringing the Jetsons and the Flintstones together

January 26, 2023

CEO of Securrency, Nadine Chakar, one of the most high-profile and powerful women in the global custody business, explains why she left a 30-odd-year career in banking to join a fintech. Anita Hawser interviews.

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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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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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