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New thinking needed for SME finance

October 27, 2014

Technology may deliver better returns than regulatory incentives in the drive to stimulate lending to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Is this the tipping point for tap-and-go payments?

September 29, 2014

With Apple now using near-field-communication technology in its devices, will tap-and-go payments take off among consumers?

How to spot the next financial crisis

September 29, 2014

As post-crisis financial reforms near a conclusion, regulators are turning their minds to identifying potential risks in the future.

Welcome to the great macroprudential experiment

August 26, 2014

Until a countercyclical buffer has been deployed through an entire cycle, we have no idea how effective it will be. 

The UK is already ‘out’ of Europe

August 26, 2014

As the divide between eurozone and non-eurozone countries grows, the question of whether the UK should stay in the EU becomes less and less relevant.

IFRS adds new complications to accounting mix

July 28, 2014

The IFRS's latest attempt to simplify international accounting rules scores some small victories, but it also introduces a number of significant new problems into the accounting equation.

Does financial regulation have to be global?

July 28, 2014

Cross-border regulation of banks is proving increasingly difficult, despite the call for global regulation of the financial system. 

Fiscal mismanagement is hurting Africa

July 28, 2014

Countries in Africa, including Ghana, Kenya and Zambia, are battling with wide fiscal deficits brought about by grand spending plans. 

Back and forth and pari passu

July 1, 2014

The New York courts' interpretation of the pari passu clause could have serious implications, not just for Argentina, but for sovereign restructurings the world over.

US sanctions are the start of a slippery slope

July 1, 2014

The US sanctions regime will drive business into the shadows and accelerate the growth of alternative trading currencies.

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