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    Are We in a Tech Bubble, or Not?

    Are We in a Tech Bubble, or Not?

    There has been a lot of talk lately about markets being in the midst of a new tech bubble. Some wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard…

    Fragmentation—the Future of Wall Street

    Fragmentation—the Future of Wall Street

    Over the past five years, the banking sector across the globe has been undergoing a major overhaul. The global financial crisis wiped many banking and financial-services institutions out…

    Banking

    Just How Bad Is the Situation for Greek Banks?

    Just How Bad Is the Situation for Greek Banks?

    Greece’s four biggest banks—National Bank of Greece SA, Piraeus Bank SA, Eurobank Ergasias SA and…

    How Are Canadian Banks Being Affected by the Slump in Oil Prices?

    How Are Canadian Banks Being Affected by the Slump in Oil Prices?

    Canada’s banks could also be sizeably affected by the impact of the oil-price slump on…

    India’s Banking and Insurance Sectors

    India’s Banking and Insurance Sectors

    The banking sector in India has the advantage of access to one of the largest…

    Banco LAFISE: Revolutionizing Banking Services and Payment Methods in Central America

    Banco LAFISE: Revolutionizing Banking Services and Payment Methods in Central America

    Over the past few decades, the Costa Rican economy has shown significant strength and development,…

    Comment

    The new finance: it’s about asking the right questions

    The new finance: it’s about asking the right questions

    Technology for technology’s sake has little value to an organization. An analytics engine alone cannot provide a company with useful insights if it is not fed relevant information.…

    The Risk of De-Risking

    The Risk of De-Risking

    In recent years, U.S. authorities have increased their scrutiny of financial institutions’ anti-money laundering controls. In light of this development, banks and other institutions have begun to reassess…

    Chinese Monetary Policy

    Chinese Monetary Policy

    The Chinese economy has undergone rapid growth over the past decades—with growth rates averaging 10 percent over the past 30 years—making it the fastest-growing major economy worldwide. Growth…

    Brokerage

    Stock Market – Opening Bell 17 April

    Asia's major stock markets are mixed. Japan’s Nikkei closed down 1.17 percent; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index trades flat; and Shanghai…

    Why the FTSE 100 hit an All-Time High

    Why the FTSE 100 hit an All-Time High

    On Friday, March 20, the FTSE 100 breached a threshold level that had been elusive for quite some time. The UK’s…

    Investing in Russia? Seriously?

    Investing in Russia? Seriously?

    Russia probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind when somebody suggests diversifying your investment portfolio. As recently as a…

    Africa

    Somalia’s Lifeline of Aid Pinched at the Source

    Somalia’s Lifeline of Aid Pinched at the Source

    Few countries in the world lack a formal banking system, but Somalia is one that does. Nearly half of the population has relied on money transfers from…

    America

    The Top Banks of the US Earn Passing Grades from the Fed for First Round of Stress Tests

    The Top Banks of the US Earn Passing Grades from the Fed for First Round of Stress Tests

    The 31 largest banks of the United States received at least one thumb up from the US Federal Reserve after sailing through the first phase of their…

    Asia Pacific

    China Banking Regulatory Commission Invites More Private Investment into Banking System

    China Banking Regulatory Commission Invites More Private Investment into Banking System

    Top Chinese banking authorities are in the process of gradually releasing the country’s banking system from the state’s ironclad grip. The People’s Republic of China’s top banking…

    Australasia

    New Zealand’s Central Bank Targets Residential-Property-Investment Mortgages

    New Zealand’s Central Bank Targets Residential-Property-Investment Mortgages

    The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), concerned about the country’s booming rental-investment market and the potential impact of bad loans on domestic lenders, is planning to…

    Caribbean

    RBC Trust Company Bahamas Facing Criminal Charges Lodged by French Prosecutors

    RBC Trust Company Bahamas Facing Criminal Charges Lodged by French Prosecutors

    Royal Bank of Canada, Canada’s largest financial institution by most measures, is in the process of closing many, if not all, of its wealth-management offices in the…

    Europe

    The ECB’s QE Program Begins with a Round of Bond-Purchasing

    The ECB’s QE Program Begins with a Round of Bond-Purchasing

    Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, announced at a news conference in Cyprus on March 5th that the bank’s long-anticipated 19-month, 1.1-trillion-euro quantitative-easing program would…

    Latin America

    Brazil’s Petrobras Scandal Embroils a Number of High-Ranking Government Officials

    Brazil’s Petrobras Scandal Embroils a Number of High-Ranking Government Officials

    Brazil’s state-controlled, multinational oil and gas giant, Petrobras, has fallen dramatically both in prestige and finances in recent months, bringing down the reputations of many of the…

    Mid-East

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Growth Strategy

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Growth Strategy

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the United Arab Emirates’ second largest lender and the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s first and largest bank, is planning to spread…