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Can-do attitude

June 2, 2004

Luiz Fernando Furlan, Brazil’s minister of state for development, industry and foreign trade, tells Brian Caplen that his country’s approach to trade is positive.

Cross-border pioneer fights on

February 3, 2004

Dexia is the result of a pioneering cross-border merger in Europe. Its experiences demonstrate the difficulties of executing an international strategy across a region within which regulations differ, writes Brian Caplen.

Bob Diamond

January 5, 2004

Barclays Capital’s CEO explains how proving itself in Europe is an ideal platform for building its US business. By Geraldine Lambe and Brian Caplen
When Barclays Capital CEO Bob Diamond was passed over for the top position at Barclays last October, there was a lot of media speculation that if a good offer came from another firm, he would be happy to jump ship. Mr Diamond’s rebuttal is adamant and he says his “enriched mandate” to combine the wholesale and institutional businesses gives him a good enough reason to stay.

Recovery against tough odds

December 2, 2003

Criticism is mounting of the IBRA’s restructuring efforts. But any
assessment must factor in the volatile environment in which the agency
had to operate, says Brian Caplen.

Open door policy comes knocking

December 2, 2003

China may have to swallow the unpalatable and seek foreign assistance if it is to remedy its huge non-performing loan problem. Brian Caplen reports.

Hitting the FIG jackpot

August 4, 2003

Bankers used to roll out the red carpet for corporate CEOs who were their most important clients. Now most of their business is coming from other banks. Brian Caplen reports on the rise of the financial institutions group.

No guarantees of an easy ride

July 2, 2003

Economic recovery has strengthened Russia’s banks but while the old banking structure persists the sector is open to many risks. 

Tactics must change if the news is good

February 2, 2002

In times of turbulence, investors flocked to Brazilian banks. They always delivered in the worst kind of scenarios. But what if Brazil becomes stable? Brian Caplen analyses how things could change.

Why banks don't know their clients

November 2, 2001

Since September 11, the finance sector has come under the spotlight for its role as a conduit for terrorist funds. Politicians are making great speeches and blaming the banks. But to stop the abuses would require no less than a politically unacceptable clampdown on minorities, the curtailing of civil liberties and the halting of world trade.

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