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    MiFiD II Regulation – How Will Markets Be Affected?

    MiFiD II Regulation – How Will Markets Be Affected?

    The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II – also known as MiFiD II – is a regulation set by the European Commission (EC) that was released in October…

    Getting Trade Finance To Where It Is Most Needed

    Getting Trade Finance To Where It Is Most Needed

    Trade is critical; it leads to economic growth and the jobs that lift people out of poverty. But without sufficient trade finance in the form of loans…

    Banking

    Stress-Testing: Health Checks to Support the Future of Banking

    Stress-Testing: Health Checks to Support the Future of Banking

    Over the seven-year period since the financial crisis of 2007, banking-industry participants and commentators have…

    The Asian Renaissance

    The Asian Renaissance

    With its share of global GDP forecast to grow from 22 percent in 2013 to…

    Private Banking Roundup

    Private Banking Roundup

    Morgan Stanley has sold a majority stake of its oil-trading business to Russian government-owned Rosneft…

    Commercial Banking Roundup

    Commercial Banking Roundup

    The nation of Ecuador seeks to sign a deal with the Industrial Commercial Bank of…

    Comment

    Latin America Likely to Emerge Unscathed from Fed Tapering

    Latin America Likely to Emerge Unscathed from Fed Tapering

    The US Federal Reserve first launched its quantitative-easing program in the late autumn of 2008, as the financial crisis raged across the world. Three months earlier, Lehman Brothers…

    Turkey’s Membership of The Fragile Five

    Turkey’s Membership of The Fragile Five

    A Morgan Stanley research analyst coined the phrase last summer, “The Fragile Five”, in describing the economies of five widely dispersed countries—two from Asia, one from South America,…

    Does a Dictatorship Hinder Investment in That Country?

    Does a Dictatorship Hinder Investment in That Country?

    It has now become a common myth that democratic political institutions are more stable; hence, they attract more investment, and the economies of those countries receive a boost.…

    Brokerage

    Regulators Turn Spotlight on Dark Pools

    Regulators Turn Spotlight on Dark Pools

    The alternative-trading systems known as dark pools are notorious for their opacity. They are often preferred by institutional investors who want…

    Is This the End of Commodity Trading in Banks?

    Is This the End of Commodity Trading in Banks?

    During the last few years, media and public attention has been predominantly drawn to the scores of banking misdeeds and scandalous…

    Iran’s Natural-Gas Exports

    Iran’s Natural-Gas Exports

    Opportunity and arbitrage may serve to enhance Iran’s role in the global gas market. It could be by far the most…

    Africa

    Africa – the Most Promising Private Banking Market

    Africa – the Most Promising Private Banking Market

    Africa is hardly the first region one would think of when it comes to private banking. That is, if one has not been following economic developments on…

    America

    US Banks Should Use Big Data to Improve Customer Service

    US Banks Should Use Big Data to Improve Customer Service

    In an increasingly digital-dominated environment, customers are naturally looking for a seamless online experience, regardless of whether this experience relates to shopping, entertainment, education or banking. While…

    Asia Pacific

    Renminbi Firmly on Road to Becoming Global Currency

    Renminbi Firmly on Road to Becoming Global Currency

    In June, two European countries welcomed two Chinese banks as their official clearers for renminbi-denominated trades. In the UK it was the China Construction Bank and in…

    Australasia

    Skepticism Remains a Challenge for Asia Region Funds Passport

    Skepticism Remains a Challenge for Asia Region Funds Passport

    The idea of setting up a pan-Asian framework facilitating funds trading across national borders was first suggested by the Australian Financial Centre Forum in 2010 and has…

    Caribbean

    Caribbean Banks Stung by Controversial Sanctions, Legislation

    Caribbean Banks Stung by Controversial Sanctions, Legislation

    The Caribbean Basin has been famed for its offshore financial services, but they are now, together with the banking systems of the countries in the region, increasingly…

    Europe

    Rate-Rigging, US Sanctions Violations Harrow European Banks

    Rate-Rigging, US Sanctions Violations Harrow European Banks

    European banks are going through some hard times at the moment. On the one hand, they are being pressured by new regulations requiring them to boost their…

    Latin America

    Rosy Future Ahead for Private Banking in Brazil

    Rosy Future Ahead for Private Banking in Brazil

    A growing middle class and one of the highest numbers of families with financial worth of more than $100 million in the world make Brazil very appetizing…

    Mid-East

    2014 Shaping Up to Be the Year of the Sukuk

    2014 Shaping Up to Be the Year of the Sukuk

    Despite the fact that 2013 was relatively weaker for sukuk instruments, this year is shaping up to be a very strong one for the Sharia-compliant debt, with…