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    The US Asset Bubble and Global Market Correction

    The US Asset Bubble and Global Market Correction

    The US Federal Reserve Board of Governors has created a committee to watch for signs of an asset-price bubble. The Committee on Financial Stability will be led by…

    Banks Diversify Investment Operations into Financial Technology

    Banks Diversify Investment Operations into Financial Technology

    It is the age of automation, and this is particularly true for the banking industry. Financial technology (FinTech) is becoming increasingly important as lenders and financial-services providers seek…

    Banking

    Next Bank Europe to Host Retail-Banking Hackathon in Barcelona

    Next Bank Europe to Host Retail-Banking Hackathon in Barcelona

    An international initiative focusing on innovation for business is organizing a so-called “hackathon” in Barcelona,…

    Job Cuts in US and European Investment Banks; Australian Ones Hire

    Job Cuts in US and European Investment Banks; Australian Ones Hire

    Cost-cutting efforts among some of the biggest financial institutions in the world have failed to…

    Can the BRICS New Development Bank Compete with the World Bank and the IMF?

    Can the BRICS New Development Bank Compete with the World Bank and the IMF?

    In July, the BRICS countries – China, Russia, Brazil, India and South Africa – set…

    MTN Partners with Rwandan Banks to Enhance Service Offerings

    MTN Partners with Rwandan Banks to Enhance Service Offerings

    South African-based mobile telecoms major MTN Group has partnered with three Rwandan companies to provide…

    Comment

    Economic Development of Oman

    Economic Development of Oman

    The economic development of a country is generally driven by a handful of industries (or in many cases by a single industry) that propel the economy forward. In…

    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,…

    Brokerage

    Saudi Arabia Opens Stock-Market Doors to Foreign Capital

    Saudi Arabia Opens Stock-Market Doors to Foreign Capital

    Saudi Arabia’s stock market always has been closed to direct participation of investors from abroad, but now the kingdom is looking…

    Lloyds in $105-Million Libor-Rigging Settlement with the CFTC

    Lloyds in $105-Million Libor-Rigging Settlement with the CFTC

    The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has ordered Lloyds to pay $105 million to settle charges of manipulating the London Interbank…

    SEC’s Cross-Border Derivatives Regulation Fails to Capture All Risks

    SEC’s Cross-Border Derivatives Regulation Fails to Capture All Risks

    The US Securities and Exchange Commission recently released the rules that they will enforce with regard to trading in derivative instruments,…

    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…