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Online credit checks – will they stay legal?

July 18, 2017

Credit scoring using alternative data has been lauded as a way to end financial exclusion. But tougher data protection rules could bring everything to a halt, writes Brian Caplen.

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Top 1000 World Banks 2017

July 3, 2017

With capital levels now under control, The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks ranking shows that the global banking sector’s biggest problem is profitability. Emerging market lenders have proven resilient to the commodity crunch and their national crises, but their European rivals are struggling, and there is more than interest rates to blame. By Danielle Myles.

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Jefferies deal shows Reits getting more specific

July 3, 2017

The UK REITs sector is finding success in becoming more specialised, as Jefferies discovered when it acted as global coordinator and bookrunner for distribution centre owner Tritax Big Box, in a series of equity offerings. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Taking the pain out of fintech procurement

July 3, 2017

Navigating a way through a bank’s procurement process can kill a fintech start-up – or dampen its innovative spirit. Joy Macknight explores the ways banks are changing their rules of engagement specifically for this community.

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Will regulatory crackdown see China emerge from the shadows?

July 3, 2017

Chinese regulators have tightened their grip on the banking sector in an effort to control financial risk, the country’s ballooning shadow banking sector and excessive debt load. Which banks stand a better chance of meeting these tougher requirements? Stefania Palma reports.

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How will Brazil emerge from its political drama?

July 3, 2017

From infrastructure to green energy, Brazil offers myriad investment opportunities. However, such opportunities are contingent on the government not crumbling under corruption investigations, it managing to pass unpopular reforms, and it keeping its word on concession rules, writes Silvia Pavoni.

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Volatility strategies for unconventional times

July 3, 2017

Low yields and record-high stock markets are prompting more and more investors to consider derivatives. Michael Marray explores why volatility trades are proving particularly popular, and how banks have responded to meet investor demand.

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Angola struggles to cut oil ties

July 3, 2017

After contracting in 2016, the Angolan economy is expected to make a slight recovery in line with the improvement in oil prices. However, the government has been slow to deliver the diversification that could improve the country’s fortunes further. James King reports.

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Suez hybrid sparkles after GE Water deal

July 3, 2017

French water service company Suez is planning a major global expansion through its tie-up with GE Water of the US. David Wigan reports on the details of the 70/30 joint venture with Canada’s Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which included the use of hybrid bonds.

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Western banks take retail route into emerging Asia

July 3, 2017

Developed market banks tend not to favour retail as a way to move into emerging markets. But, as several have found, catering for smaller businesses and individuals is a good way to establish a foothold before expanding into Asia’s developing regions. Peter Janssen reports.

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Leveraging PSD2 to open up transaction banking

July 3, 2017

While most of the buzz around the updated EU Payments Services Directive has centred on benefits to retail customers, its role in ushering in open banking will create new opportunities in transaction banking. Joy Macknight reports. 

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Digitisation spurs DIY structured products

July 3, 2017

Digitisation and automation are revolutionising the way banks sell structured investment solutions. The latest developments see investments banks acting as platforms that enable professional buyers to tailor and execute their own products to the end client’s objectives. Danielle Myles reports.

Top 1000 World Bank 2017 results

The Banker's editor Brian Caplen reviews the main findings of the 2017 Top 1000 World Banks results.

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Top 1000 World Banks - Leading foreign networks

July 18, 2017
Leading foreign networks

HSBC's 18 foreign-owned subsidiaries remain formidable, with its Hong Kong business twice as profitable as any other FOS in the world

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US Treasury plots Dodd-Frank reforms

Some policy experts were pleasantly surprised with the US Treasury’s proposals to reform Dodd-Frank, considering them to be thoughtful, and are billing them as a likely road map for the future of the US financial system. By Justin Pugsley.

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