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    Quantitative Easing—Should the ECB Act Sooner Rather Than Later?

    Quantitative Easing—Should the ECB Act Sooner Rather Than Later?

    Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank (ECB), is tasked with determining European monetary policy. He will be, and has been, looking and acting to stimulate growth…

    Federal Reserve Macro-Prudential Regulation

    Federal Reserve Macro-Prudential Regulation

    As the US economy moved into a phase of recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, policymakers and regulators sought new and proactive measures to stabilise the financial system…

    Banking

    Asian Private Banking—on the Rise

    Asian Private Banking—on the Rise

    The private-banking sector provides banking, investment and financial services to the wealthiest and most sophisticated…

    Customer Satisfaction and Consistent Profits, the Handelsbanken Way

    Customer Satisfaction and Consistent Profits, the Handelsbanken Way

    As recent economic data has indicated, the Swedish economy is currently experiencing a phase of…

    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…

    BIL: A Cornerstone of the Luxembourg Financial Centre

    BIL: A Cornerstone of the Luxembourg Financial Centre

    Over the past few decades, the banking sector of Luxembourg has developed and expanded to…

    Comment

    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…

    European Stress Tests

    European Stress Tests

    Global financial regulators have been grappling with the challenges of restoring and enhancing stability to the banking and financial-services sectors since the global financial crisis more than five…

    Brokerage

    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…

    Alibaba’s Winners & Losers

    Alibaba’s Winners & Losers

    The initial public offering of Alibaba Group raised $25 billion, making it the biggest IPO in world history. Alibaba, a Hangzhou-based…

    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…

    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…