Latest articles from Brian Caplen

RBS pays price for substandard IT system

July 2, 2012

Royal Bank of Scotland's IT systems failure offers a stark reminder to lenders struggling to keep up in the internet age.

Western European woes continue

July 2, 2012

The eurozone crisis has made its presence felt with regards to western European banks' performances in the Top 1000 ranking, with their share of overall profits down from 46% in 2007 to just 6.3% this year.

US banks continue to dominate North American ranking

July 2, 2012

While the charge of the Chinese banks grabs the headlines, the big names from the US still lead The Banker's Top 1000 ranking as well as dominating the North American list.

Hakan Binbaşgil

Akbank's master of reinvention

March 1, 2012

The new CEO of Akbank, Hakan Binbaşgil, explains to Brian Caplen how the past decade has seen the bank transformed by its embracing of new technology, pioneering new channels, targeting Turkey's youthful population, and keeping the customer central to everything it does.

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Indonesia's finance minister strives to keep growth story going

March 1, 2012

Indonesia’s finance minister Agus Martowardojo was The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year 2012, global and Asia-Pacific. He explains the economic polices behind the country's impressive growth.

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Indonesia's finance minister strives to keep growth story going

March 1, 2012

Indonesia’s finance minister Agus Martowardojo was The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year 2012, global and Asia-Pacific. He explains the economic polices behind the country's impressive growth.

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HSBC refuses to rest on its laurels

January 3, 2012

HSBC has not suffered in the global financial crisis as badly as many of its UK counterparts, and it is already well established in the high-growth emerging markets likely to dominate world trade in the coming decades. However, the bank's new chief executive still believes it could be offering better value to HSBC investors.

Currency exchange in Russia

Russia's central bank governor happy with hands-off approach

December 1, 2011

Russian central bank governor Sergei Ignatiev's decision not to intervene when the country's currency came under pressure earlier this year has been welcomed by economists as a sign that the country's commitment to a more open economy is genuine. The governor explains to The Banker that such a policy is part of his long-term plan for the country.

Sir John Vickers

Vickers reforms force radical overhaul of UK banking

December 1, 2011

The UK government is expected to announce this month that it will implement in full the far-reaching reforms proposed by the Independent Commission on Banking. What will this mean for the UK banking sector?

Vikram Pandit, Citi

Vikram Pandit's Citi Vision

November 1, 2011

Citi CEO Vikram Pandit talks to The Banker editor Brian Caplen about the bank's profitable performance over the past 18 months, its cultural difficulties in Asia, how it will cope with Basel III and Dodd-Frank, and where the bank's future growth will come from.

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