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From the boardroom to the front line – extending business intelligence in banking

April 4, 2017

Data analytics and business intelligence is growing in importance across the banking industry. But the challenge is providing the right information to the right people at the right time. 

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Portugal’s banks rise from the ashes

April 3, 2017

Once one of the standard bearers for the travails of the eurozone, Portugal appears to be in the early stages of a recovery, one in which its revitalised banks are playing a leading role – albeit heavily backed by foreign investment. Peter Wise reports.

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National Bank of Cambodia director-general looks to profit from peace

April 3, 2017

Chea Serey, director-general of the National Bank of Cambodia, talks to Peter Janssen about building a post-conflict banking environment and not signing up to Basel.

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Connecting Indonesia: bringing finance to a population of 250 million

April 3, 2017

The fourth most populous country in the world spread across more than 6000 islands, banks have struggled to reach out beyond Indonesia's big cities up to now. However, a digital transformation is gripping the country, bringing with it the promise of huge increase in financial inclusion. Stefania Palma reports.

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Saudi Arabian banks stay ahead of the game

April 3, 2017

Despite low oil prices and flat economic growth, Saudi Arabia’s banks have remained active and stand in a strong position compared with their regional peers. James King reports.

Industry sweats over fast-approaching MiFID II deadline

March 27, 2017

The EU is hurtling towards the implementation of MiFID II, a huge body of rule changes that no one will be ready for. Some regulatory flexibility will have to be shown or the process may end up resembling a car crash. By Justin Pugsley.

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Dodd-Frank: the defence

March 1, 2017

A US regulatory overhaul has been welcomed by many who believe Dodd-Frank has spawned too many regulations and prevents smaller banks from lending. However, there are concerns that the replacement Financial Choice Act will sweep away many of the safeguards designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 crisis. Jane Monahan reports.

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Will central bank reforms kick-start Myanmar’s payments revolution?

March 1, 2017

Myanmar’s central bank has opened up the local market to international payment companies such as Visa and MasterCard. But how will they help modernise the payments sector and drive financial inclusion in this newly opened frontier market? Stefania Palma investigates.

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Could tax and regulatory reform derail Sweden's strong showing?

March 1, 2017

Sweden’s banks have survived the recent low interest rate environment and remain profitable. But a payroll tax on financial institutions and ongoing regulatory uncertainty threaten to take their toll. Stefanie Linhardt outlines the likely headwinds.

PSD2 flaws show a rethink is needed on data sharing

February 27, 2017

The new EU Payment Services Directive for banks to share customers’ data with other companies is fraught with unmitigated risks surrounding consent, security and liability, argues Chris Skinner.

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