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Peruvian banks face digital challenge as cash appeal endures

July 4, 2018

A change of president and an uptick in GDP is cause for optimism in Peru. However, as the economy improves, the country’s banks face a challenge in prising citizens away from their traditional faith in cash. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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West Africa stock market heads regional integration push

July 4, 2018

The BRVM, the shared stock exchange for the eight West African Economic and Monetary Union states, is the world’s only unified and regionally integrated bourse. Though it faces several challenges it is ideally placed to lead the further integration of Africa’s stock exchanges, as James King discovers.

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Top 1000 World Banks 2018

July 2, 2018

For the first time in seven years, the global banking industry has posted double-digit growth in returns and capital. European profits have bounced back, US banks are hiring, and Asia’s smaller markets are growing at the same pace as China. Whisper it, but the 2018 Top 1000 World Banks ranking suggests the industry may be on the verge of a long-awaited renaissance. Danielle Myles reports.

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Poland scoops financial services FDI Brexit dividend

July 4, 2018

Poland has attracted a good proportion of jobs and investment from US financial companies looking for bases outside a post-Brexit UK. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Swift gpi chief ticks off the milestones

July 2, 2018

Swift, together with 45 member banks, launched the global payments innovation (gpi) initiative in early 2016, to increase the speed, transparency and predictability of cross-border payments. More than 180 banks have signed up to the service, with over 60 banks now live. As of May 24, 25% of all Swift cross-border payments traffic is now being sent as gpi. Joy Macknight talks to Wim Raymaekers, Swift’s gpi programme director, about the latest developments. 

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The state of play: India’s banks in 2018

July 2, 2018

State Bank of India is the country's leading state bank, while HDFC Bank is the leading private sector lender. Rekha Menon profiles the top five banks in each field to assess how they are operating within this notoriously difficult but potentially lucrative market.

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Slovakia’s finance minister seeks to keep economy moving

July 4, 2018

One of the candidates during the Eurogroup chair elections and a keen advocacy of fiscal consolidation, Slovakian finance minister Peter Kazimir has played a key role in the country’s fiscal and economic achievements. But is the country’s economy at risk of overheating? Stefanie Linhardt finds out.

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Leaner and keener: the resurgence of Spain's banking sector

July 2, 2018

Spain’s banks are looking much more stable, having cut non-performing assets in response to European Central Bank pressure. A reduction in overall bank numbers through mergers has streamlined the industry, though observers say increasing profitability remains challenging. Jules Stewart reports.

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US regional banks enjoy a golden age

July 4, 2018

A decade on from the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the US’s regional lenders are using their ample capitalisation as a springboard for acquisitions and digital initiatives. Jane Monahan reports.

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Geopolitics creates unpredictable headwinds – again

July 2, 2018

The global political situation is inherently unstable, which means the global markets can never be entirely predictable. But should investors simply tune out the noise? David Wigan reports.

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Thailand looks to new frontier of neighbouring CLMV markets

July 4, 2018

The economic growth in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam has not escaped the attention of Thai politicians and finance professionals. They are now working to make the most of the opportunities for Thai banks, companies and the stock exchange in the CLMV region. Peter Janssen reports.

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Can anything derail China's economic growth?

July 4, 2018

A downturn in China's economic growth has been 'imminent' for much of the past decade, according to many experts. However, the country keeps on posting impressive figures. Peter McGill looks at the possible impact of its current challenges, including US tariffs, ballooning debt and shadow banking.

Digital transformation in African banking

Ade Ayeyemi, group CEO of the pan-African lender, Ecobank, with operations in over 30 countries, talks to Joy Macknight about the bank’s digital strategy and how it is driving financial inclusion and integration across the continent.

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Europe’s profit turnaround

July 17, 2018
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Some of the region's biggest banks posted among 2017's biggest recoveries    

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US agencies start to simplify the Volcker Rule

On May 30, the US Federal Reserve kicked off with a 60-day consultation to try and make the Volcker Rule work better for banks and the regulator. This is likely to be quite a challenging process as creating clear definitions around different types of trading, for example, is quite difficult.

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