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    The Economic Fallout from Turmoil in Ukraine

    The Economic Fallout from Turmoil in Ukraine

    Even before Ukraine was plunged into civil conflict by Russian separatists, the Eastern European country's economy had grinded to a halt. Now, with Kiev and the Eastern regions…

    Beat the Core Transformation Conundrum

    Beat the Core Transformation Conundrum

    It is hardly a secret that the IT infrastructures in many of Britain’s banks today are in poor health. Recent comments by Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the…

    Banking

    Global Banking: A Look Ahead

    Global Banking:  A Look Ahead

    The landscape of the banking sector has been changing substantially over the last few years…

    Lessons from banking industry disruptors

    Lessons from banking industry disruptors

    The banking industry used to enjoy strong barriers to entry, such as low customer switching,…

    How the Financial-Services Industry Can Achieve True Digital Maturity

    How the Financial-Services Industry Can Achieve True Digital Maturity

    New ‘disruptive’ technologies and in particular social media have significantly changed the way that customers…

    Tailored experiences across digital banking channels

    Tailored experiences across digital banking channels

    Technology has had an enormous impact on the way that consumers interact with all services,…

    Comment

    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.…

    Fracking – A Bubble Waiting to Burst?

    Fracking – A Bubble Waiting to Burst?

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been making the headlines consistently in the past few years and it has left much of the layman public with the impression that…

    Brokerage

    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…

    The State of U.S. Coal and Gas Market & the Impacts of Emissions Regulations

    The State of U.S. Coal and Gas Market & the Impacts of Emissions Regulations

    The landscape of the US energy market is set to change - impacting the centuries old coal mining industry which has…

    The M&A outlook for Asia in 2014

    The M&A outlook for Asia in 2014

    Following the substantial declines seen in global M&A activity resulting from the credit crisis, the subject of a recovery in global…

    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…