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Brian Caplen blog 2016

Big is the only way in banking

January 16, 2018

For all the talk of boutiques and fintechs, the banking market is more unequal than ever and the future promises more of the same​, writes Brian Caplen.

Brian Caplen blog 2016

​China’s Silk Road needs Western thread

January 2, 2018

Western banks and companies need to engage in China's world-changing Silk Road project or face being left on the sidelines, writes Brian Caplen.

Stephen Norman teaser

Gearing up for cyber security arms race

January 2, 2018

Tied to legacy infrastructure, bombarded by regulation and uncertainty over their business model, banks must also face up to the cyber security threat, writes author Stephen Norman.

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Luis Videgaray Caso: a Mexican take on Nafta

January 2, 2018

The North American Free Trade Agreement is ripe for an update that benefits all parties. But if the US decides to pull out, Mexico is confident that its network of agreements and many enacted reforms will enable it to thrive, says the country’s secretary of foreign affairs, Luis Videgaray Caso.

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BitPesa eases FX pain in Africa

January 2, 2018

Elizabeth Rossiello, founder and chief executive of BitPesa, talks to Joy Macknight about using Bitcoin and its underlying technology, blockchain, to resolve currency exchange issues in African markets. 

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Nestor A Espenilla, Jr.: problems may be traditional, but solutions cannot be

January 2, 2018

While the Philipines enjoys a growing economy and stable finances, we do not underestimate the tough challenges of poverty, demographic change, technological advances and geopolitical risks. These can only be countered by looking outside the traditional solutions, says Nestor A Espenilla, Jr, the governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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Ewald Nowotny: the renaissance of central European banking

January 2, 2018

Austrian banks were early movers into central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. But the traditional Austrian-based parent companies with regional subsidiaries have transformed into modern, integrated entities that bring together staff and technology from across the region, to the benefit of all, says Österreichische Nationalbank governor Ewald Nowotny.

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Innogy green bond launch proves a breeze

January 2, 2018

Innogy, the youthful business that was spun out of RWE in 2016, found plenty of takers when it decided on a green bond programme to complement its sustainable wind energy credentials. David Wigan reports.

Is Bitcoin evolving into a store of value?

January 2, 2018

Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto originally suggested it as a peer-to-peer form of electronic cash. But as the cryptocurrency gains credibility as an asset class, and demand grows for its use in emerging markets, it is beginning to resemble gold as a store of value, writes Daniele Bianchi. 

When innovation and compliance clash

January 2, 2018

The tough regulation of banks is essential to maintain trust in the sector and is one element fintech firms could find weighs on their innovation as they get more established and are required to comply, says Chris Skinner.

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