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Are bankers obsessed with regulation?

October 18, 2017

A survey released at Sibos 2017 shows that bankers think the industry is being driven by regulation while fintech entrepreneurs think it is all about customer expectations. There is a message here, writes Brian Caplen.

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RBC CEO Dave McKay looks to stay ahead of technology

October 2, 2017

RBC’s CEO, Dave McKay, explains to Joy Macknight how artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics will help see the Canadian bank through the fundamental changes facing the industry.

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Conflict? Scandal? South Korean investors carry on regardless

October 2, 2017

South Korea’s capital markets are thriving despite threats of aggression from North Korea, as well as business and political scandals at home, writes Michael Imeson.

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Transaction Banking Awards 2017

October 2, 2017

The transaction banking business may be undergoing dramatic disruption but the financial institutions active in this space are rising to the challenge and taking advantage of the opportunity to transform their banking business

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Is technology enough to plug the SME financing gap?

October 2, 2017

Technology is revolutionising trade finance while facilitating lending to small businesses by tech giants such as PayPal, Amazon and Alibaba. But is this enough to fill the $1500bn global trade finance gap? Stefania Palma investigates.

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Swift chief looks to bring correspondent banking up to date

October 2, 2017

The chief executive of Swift, Gottfried Leibbrandt, talks to Brian Caplen about changes to the correspondent banking model in the face of new technology, the role of fintechs, cybersecurity and the move towards instant payments.

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Top 100 Arab Banks: prosperity and a 'new normal'

October 2, 2017

Though 2017's Top 100 Arab Banks ranking shows a slowdown in profitability and growth, the Middle East is doing relatively well. While no longer stellar, the new normal of lower oil prices sees banks enjoying solid performances and improved cost-to-income ratios. James King reports.

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How banks are combating the cyber threat

October 2, 2017

Banks are under attack from cyber threats coming at them from all directions, but are fighting back with a range of countermeasures, writes Michael Imeson.

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Croatian central bank governor talks down Agrokor impact

October 2, 2017

The restructuring of indebted retail giant Agrokor shook Croatia earlier in 2017, but central bank governor Boris Vujčić tells Stefanie Linhardt that the country's economy is still on course for growth, though some banks could take a hit on their profit sheets.

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Credit Suisse drives home advantage as IPOs return

October 2, 2017

After a dearth of initial public offerings in 2016, investor appetite is beginning to recover. Credit Suisse can attest to the market’s resurgence, having led several top European deals, including Société Générale’s flotation of its ALD car lease business. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Côte d’Ivoire prime minister looks to maintain peacetime profitability

October 2, 2017

Beset by civil war in recent times, Côte d’Ivoire has now emerged as one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. The country's prime minister and minister of budget and state portfolio, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, tells James King why Côte d’Ivoire can be relied upon in a political sense, and how he plans to maintain its levels of foreign investment.

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Al Rajhi the exception as Saudi banks hit doldrums

October 2, 2017

Only Al Rajhi Bank has reported a rise in profits among Saudi’s banks. Now the country's government is hoping its National Transformation Plan will bring the reforms necessary to inject new life into a stagnating economy. James King reports.

View from Sibos: cybersecurity

Swift CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt reviews the various industry initiatives to prevent cyberattacks.

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Morgan Stanley climbs DCM rankings

October 10, 2017
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The latest league tables reveals that the leading debt houses have tightened their stranglehold on the global bond market. Danielle Myles reports.

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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency wades in on the Volcker Rule

The largely unpopular Volcker Rule in the US, designed to restrict proprietary trading by banks, is up for review, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency taking the lead in what could result in regulatory relief for the banking sector. By Justin Pugsley.

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