COVID-19 has reinforced the dividing line between the developed and developing worlds. Recovery in developed countries, with high vaccination rates and generous fiscal stimuli, is impressive. But the situation is the opposite in developing nations. The future is as unpredictable as the virus, but experts are forecasting what may happen.
The COVID-19 crisis proved how nimbly governments could step up to the plate to support the private sector. But have they done too good a job, becoming the source of all things to eagerly waiting firms, including banks, at the expense of self-reliance? What type of capitalism do we have if governments are omnipresent? As debts levels continue to grow, is equity the solution for “sunflower capitalism”?
Compliance has always played a pivotal role across financial firms and banking institutions in an effort to pinpoint and mitigate various risks across communication channels, including market abuse, insider trading, spoofing, front-running, and even sexual harassment and racism. For decades, legacy vendors have been at the forefront of providing services to these institutions to flag and report any compliance and security breaches.
As central banks worldwide unveil their CBDCs, the ECB continues to develop the digital euro. Nearly 20 years after the euro’s historic issuance, the ECB’s digital euro is in the formal investigation phase but is guaranteed to become a reality soon, once the necessary preparations have been made to ensure its effectiveness and security.
One pleasant surprise of the pandemic has been the shortage of business bankruptcies, despite recurrent lockdowns that have drained their incomes. But is this rosy picture a cruel illusion to be removed as governments stop propping up small companies? Banks will soon find out if government life support has simply delayed the inevitable.
Kieran Donoghue, the Irish Development Authority’s Global Head of Strategy, Public Policy and International Financial Services examines the continuing uncertainty around Brexit and role that Ireland can play as a strategic partner to the United Kingdom’s (UK) financial services industry.
Banks report to shareholders, but when it comes time to respond to shareholder concerns about their positive contributions to climate-change action, banks often fall short. Progress is slow but steady, thanks to activist shareholders’ efforts, to persuade banks to accept more responsibility for their financing of fossil-fuel ventures.
In today’s investment environment, sustainability objectives are regarded as highly as other important goals. European Union regulators recently implemented the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, which seeks to ensure that financial firms are honest about how sustainable their products and services are. What are the key steps financial institutions should be taking to ensure that their disclosure reporting aligns with regulatory requirements while anticipating the new demands on their capital providers?
The Brexit referendum delivered a punch to the UK’s pound, but the currency has slowly picked itself up and gained some strength despite the pandemic, once again closing in on the US$1.40 mark in February. How well it fares over the next few months will depend on several factors—including the UK’s COVID-19 response but also the raft of unique issues that the nation will face as it evolves post-Brexit.
Crossing borders involves a myriad of challenges, including compliance with different tax regimes. Multinational enterprises, as the name implies, operate in multiple nations and face multiple tax regulations. International coordination of tax rules is crucial, especially as the digital economy grows, to address the inconsistencies and inequities of a patchwork system. In partnership with other organizations, the World Bank is working toward a more consistent and fair global taxation structure.