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How China could benefit from the US trade war

September 18, 2018

If US president Donald Trump forces China to change its economic model, Brian Caplen says he will be doing the country a favour.

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How to overcome banking's digital disappointments

September 11, 2018

The track record of gains from mobile and cloud investments is poor. Can banks do better with AI, robotics and blockchain?

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Will open banking replace mergers?

August 31, 2018

Merger talk is on the rise again in Europe. But with resistance from national regulators, Brian Caplen asks whether open banking, partnerships or digital routes are better ways to serve overseas markets and boost returns.

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Banks must live with populism

August 28, 2018

The American century is over. Plan for more uncertainty amid the birth pangs of the new world, writes Brian Caplen. 

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Shrinking markets – why banks should worry

August 21, 2018

Public markets have their faults, but bank profits will be hurt if issuers and investors lose confidence in them, writes Brian Caplen.

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Will ESG survive the next crisis?

August 14, 2018

The ESG – environmental, social and corporate governance – code has been drilled into bankers. But, asks Brian Caplen, will it all go out the window in a recession?

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Banks must change to work with fintechs

August 7, 2018

Working successfully with a fintech requires a bank to change its culture. Best to get busy on this right away, writes Brian Caplen.

What innovation is – and isn't

August 1, 2018

Is it innovative for banks to do the same thing in a new way, or do they have to do something new altogether? The debate is far from over, says Chris Skinner.

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Remittances – how the banks missed out

July 31, 2018

Banks are looking to tie-up with the new players in the remittance business that have made sending small sums of money cheaper and easier. But, asks Brian Caplen, what’s in it for them?

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May’s bad Brexit for banks

July 24, 2018

The UK economy is 80% services so a Brexit that excludes services from a free-trade agreement with the EU makes little sense, writes Brian Caplen.

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