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    Germany: Economic Outlook and Impact on Banking Sector

    Germany: Economic Outlook and Impact on Banking Sector

    The economic performance of Germany was just above flat for the third quarter of last year. The German economy has been suffering from decreased investment combined with moderate…

    Why Is the Euro at a Nine-Year Low Against the Dollar?

    Why Is the Euro at a Nine-Year Low Against the Dollar?

    The euro hit a nine-year low against the US dollar during the first full week of January 2015, trading briefly below $1.176 before recovering moderately. The current weakness…

    Banking

    Middle East—Private-Banking Growth

    Middle East—Private-Banking Growth

    As the nations of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region in the Middle East experience…

    Technology and Banking: Branches Versus Digital Solutions

    Technology and Banking: Branches Versus Digital Solutions

    The banking sector has undergone a major change of organisational and operational structure since the…

    Are the UK’s Banks Ready for the Ring-Fencing Rule?

    Are the UK’s Banks Ready for the Ring-Fencing Rule?

    At the start of this year, the Bank of England reminded major banks that it…

    Interview with Adrian Leuenberger, Member of the Management Board of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

    Interview with Adrian Leuenberger, Member of the Management Board of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

    Adrian Leuenberger, a member of the management board of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg, discusses the…

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    OFAC Compliance: Five Challenges in 2015

    OFAC Compliance: Five Challenges in 2015

    In the past several years, the volume and monetary value of enforcement actions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) seem to have risen dramatically. In fact,…

    Computer Security and Banking—Hacker Power Against Big Banks

    Computer Security and Banking—Hacker Power Against Big Banks

    Technology has advanced rapidly over the past decade, and now more than ever the advancements of computer technology have taken the mainstream role across industries around the globe.…

    What History Dictates for the New Republican Majority in Congress

    What History Dictates for the New Republican Majority in Congress

    The sweeping takeover of Congress by the Republican Party has many people asking if Washington will experience even more legislative gridlocks. Certainly in terms of occupied seats, and…

    Brokerage

    The Fed’s Interest Rate Hike is Not the Ultimate Evil for US Stocks

    The Fed’s Interest Rate Hike is Not the Ultimate Evil for US Stocks

    There has been talk, including official announcements by the Federal Reserve, that the US economy has reached the stage of its…

    Crude Oil Analysis

    Crude Oil Analysis

    The global economic landscape has undergone a tectonic shift in the past seven months. While it has proved to be highly…

    What is the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive?

    What is the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive?

    The European Union implemented the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) in July 2013, a directive that changed the regulatory framework…

    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…

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