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What innovation is – and isn't

August 1, 2018

Is it innovative for banks to do the same thing in a new way, or do they have to do something new altogether? The debate is far from over, says Chris Skinner.

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Remittances – how the banks missed out

July 31, 2018

Banks are looking to tie-up with the new players in the remittance business that have made sending small sums of money cheaper and easier. But, asks Brian Caplen, what’s in it for them?

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May’s bad Brexit for banks

July 24, 2018

The UK economy is 80% services so a Brexit that excludes services from a free-trade agreement with the EU makes little sense, writes Brian Caplen.

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Wanted: algorithm mechanic

July 17, 2018

Task: tuning algos for profits

Skill set: the three Cs

Salary: 10% higher than Fangs 

CV: bankers may apply

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China and India at top and bottom in banking

July 10, 2018

What conclusions should we draw from the contrasting fortunes of Chinese and Indian banks, asks Brian Caplen. Is India doing the hard work now that China will need to do later?

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What does UK banks' bounce back tell us about Brexit?

July 3, 2018

The UK's entrants performed well in The Banker's 2018 ​Top 1000 World Banks ranking but mostly due to overseas rather than domestic earnings. So, asks Brian Caplen, does this add anything to the Brexit debate?

Top 1000 World Banks - Global banks enjoy growth in profits without undue risks

July 2, 2018

After two years of disappointing figures, the world’s Top 1000 banks notched up record profits in 2018 without increasing risk levels. Moreover, Asia’s share of Tier 1 capital expanded, at the expense of the Americas. Brian Caplen reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - No let up in China dominance as big four march on

July 2, 2018

China’s banks in general enjoyed Tier 1 capital gains, bringing yet more upwards movement in the main Top 1000 ranking. Brian Caplen reports.

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Trump’s trade tariffs miss the point

June 26, 2018

Bankers worried about a 1930s-style trade war need to look beyond the row over tariffs. Export incentives and often trade finance itself are where the real distortions lie, writes Brian Caplen.

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Why banks must take the long view

June 19, 2018

Trying to figure out how to position your bank in a world that is in the midst of huge upheaval is a difficult task. Sometimes it helps to look both a long way back and a long way forward to gain perspective on what to do today, writes Brian Caplen.

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