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New age of Santander teaser

The new age of Santander

November 1, 2017

Spain's Santander is moving into a new era as it targets larger earnings, improved customer loyalty and stronger governance. Silvia Pavoni looks at how the 160-year-old institution is planning to progress from a position of strength.

Close co-operation can slam the door on fraudsters

October 30, 2017

With both the second Payment Services Directive and the UK Competition and Markets Authority plans for open banking coming into effect in January 2018, firms are under pressure to balance customer convenience and customer protection to maintain their place in the market, writes Jonathan Hoey, partner at UK law firm TLT. 

Data protection rules set to clash with MiFID

October 30, 2017

Disparate regulatory frameworks clashing is nothing new, but the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which was not drafted specifically with banks in mind, is going to clash with other frameworks such as MiFID II, writes Justin Pugsley.

Time to tackle the vexed question of European NPLs

October 30, 2017

While proposals by Europe’s regulators to tackle the continent’s bad loans are already meeting resistance from some quarters. The issue must be tackled sooner rather than later.

Greece inches toward recovery

October 2, 2017

Capitalisation is a bright spot in the Greek banking sector, but asset quality and liquidity leave much to be desired. Danielle Myles looks at the data.

Carlo Messina teaser

Intesa Sanpaolo CEO’s strategy for growth

October 2, 2017

Carlo Messina, CEO of Italy’s biggest bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, talks to Brian Caplen about moving beyond restructuring into a new era of prioritising growth.

Small firms go global teaser

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.

Europe’s Single Resolution Mechanism is a recipe for instability

September 25, 2017

Recent bank bailouts show that the Single Resolution Mechanism is woefully inadequate, writes Jean Dermine, professor of banking and finance at graduate business school Insead. 

BBVA teaser

ECM pipeline builds as Spanish confidence grows

September 1, 2017

Following the 2012 bailout of the Spanish banking system, investor trust in the country's financial institutions is on the up – giving a welcome boost to its equity capital markets. David Wigan reports.

Yves Mersch teaser

Yves Mersch: the case for keeping cash

September 1, 2017

In a digital age where financial institutions are trying to keep pace with the fintechs, there is still a case for cash, writes a member of the European Central Bank’s executive board.

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