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Latin America's long 'to do' list

March 26, 2018

Latin America has come through the recent global recession in better shape than many expected. But that is no reason to hold back on important reforms, writes Brian Caplen.

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Latin ​America prices US risk

March 22, 2018

The world is being turned upside down, writes Brian Caplen. US banks used to worry about Latin American risk but now the region's banks are concerned about US risk and the next Trump tweet.

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Banking's North-South digital divide

March 20, 2018

​The biggest profits from digital banking will not be in Europe or North America but in Brazil and other key emerging markets, writes Brian Caplen.

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The three-way split that threatens banks

March 12, 2018

“The digital chasm will claim 80% of the world’s bank within 20 years.” This statement may be far-fetched but the thinking behind it is worth considering, writes Brian Caplen.

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Blockchain: where it works, where it doesn’t

March 6, 2018

Blockchain may not change the world but it will make an impact in areas of banking such as syndicated lending, trade finance, settlement and clearing, writes Brian Caplen.

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Mustier prepares for final stretch of UniCredit's marathon

March 1, 2018

UniCredit has set an impressive pace in its programme of streamlining and cost-cutting. But, as Brian Caplen discovers, chief executive Jean Pierre Mustier knows he has a long way to go yet.

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Tapering plus Trump tax cuts could be scary for banks

February 27, 2018

US banks are eager for interest rate normality but, asks Brian Caplen, what are the risks of overshooting?

Brian Caplen blog 2016

How fast can banks be 'climate change ready'?

February 20, 2018

A new report criticises​ banks for doing too little on climate change but also gives examples of them getting it right. Brian Caplen assesses what lenders can do to maintain their environmental credentials.

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​Frontier banks and the school of hard knocks

February 13, 2018

G7 bankers complain about QE destroying net interest margins. They should try a spell in a frontier market where sovereign borrowing may be deterring depositors, writes Brian Caplen.

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​Could a trader crash your bank?

February 6, 2018

Trading floors have changed dramatically since the crisis, but some traders will always push the boundaries. Brian Caplen asks: is your bank restraining or promoting them?

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