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Brazil sees surge in account openings among unbanked farmers

May 28, 2021

Covid-19 relief funding has encouraged significant numbers of unbanked Brazilians, including smallholder farmers, to open bank accounts.

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Can Greece’s banks support its bold economic recovery plans?

May 11, 2021

The government’s ‘Greece 2.0’ plan sets out ambitious investment goals, and the country’s lenders have a big role to play.

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The shifts in female representation on bank boards

May 5, 2021

Legislation has spurred female representation on bank boards in a number of developed countries but others still lag behind.

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The numbers behind global AML trends

April 14, 2021

More jurisdictions around the world are levying punishing fines for money laundering breaches, but criminals are always innovating to avoid controls.

Return of tourists provides welcome boost to Nepal's banks

April 13, 2021

Authorities face a delicate balancing act supporting an economy heavily reliant on tourism while keeping Covid-19 under control.

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South African banks grapple with record low interest rates

March 30, 2021

South African Reserve Bank has held rates at record low following 7% GDP contraction in 2020. How will move affect bank profitability? 

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Financial services FDI to South Africa surges despite pandemic

March 22, 2021

Total financial services capital investment into South Africa rose 41% last year, while Nigeria saw a 57% drop.

Citigroup Revlon blunder costs millions in profits

March 15, 2021

Fallout from an accidental transfer of almost $900m in August 2020 has caused Citi to slash its fourth-quarter earnings by $323m. 


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