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    Portugal: Is the Euro-Patient Healed?

    Portugal: Is the Euro-Patient Healed?

    Portugal, a small and open economy of the euro area, was one of the victims of the European sovereign-debt crisis, which has been ravaging many euro economies since…

    The Euro Area’s New Momentum

    The Euro Area’s New Momentum

    The good surprise in 2015 and the next two years will probably come from the Euro Area. After a long period of stagnation during which the level of…

    Banking

    The Growing Economic Ties Between the US and Cuba

    The Growing Economic Ties Between the US and Cuba

    In December 2014, the US and Cuba announced an historic agreement that officially ended their…

    The Outlook for Economic Growth in Japan

    The Outlook for Economic Growth in Japan

    Government data released on June 8 has revealed that GDP growth in Japan during the…

    Chinese Banking Privacy—Clashing on a Global Scale

    Chinese Banking Privacy—Clashing on a Global Scale

    Currently, cyber security and data protection are issues creating a great deal of concern across…

    Assessing Banking Growth Prospects in the Philippines

    Assessing Banking Growth Prospects in the Philippines

    For the first quarter of 2015, the Philippines’ banking sector posted a set of highly…

    Comment

    Rising Inequality In South Africa and the World: Some Insufficiently Recognised Causes

    Rising Inequality In South Africa and the World: Some Insufficiently Recognised Causes

    Episodes of social unrest seem to have escalated in many parts of the world in recent years. Few would disagree that one of the causes for this has…

    Real Estate Rebound

    Real Estate Rebound

    Commercial property was in the eye of the hurricane during the global financial crisis, but investors today regard that as a distant memory.…

    BREAKING NEWS: Banks Pass Their MoT and Are Roadworthy Again!

    BREAKING NEWS: Banks Pass Their MoT and Are Roadworthy Again!

    If this headline is to be believed, it would imply banks are perhaps the safe haven we always believed them to be. Can this really be true? So…

    Brokerage

    Why Are Bond Yields So Low?

    Why Are Bond Yields So Low?

    Does QE (quantitative easing) suppress bond yields or raise them? When Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, first…

    Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Top Expectations in 1Q 2015

    Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Top Expectations in 1Q 2015

    All of the biggest US banks suffered to a certain extent in the second half of 2014, with fourth-quarter earnings particularly…

    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…

    Africa

    Six Central Bank of Nigeria Officials and 16 Commercial Lenders Charged with Fraud

    Six Central Bank of Nigeria Officials and 16 Commercial Lenders Charged with Fraud

    Newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who incorporated staunch anti-corruption promises in his election campaign, is faced with an evolving corruption scandal involving senior officials of the…

    North America

    Calgary, Alberta, Is the Latest Canadian City to Have a Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Office

    Calgary, Alberta, Is the Latest Canadian City to Have a Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Office

    The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), Japan’s largest bank, is expanding its reach in North America. Koji Asada, president and CEO of BTMU Canada, announced the opening…

    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

    Poland’s Top Insurer Buys a Stake in Alior Bank, With More of the Same to Follow

    Poland’s Top Insurer Buys a Stake in Alior Bank, With More of the Same to Follow

    State-controlled PZU SA, Poland’s largest insurer, is on a mission to win back the country’s banking sector from foreign ownership, particularly Eurozone ownership. The company has agreed…

    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…