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Middle East: The Gulf’s banks improve their Asia focus

Trade between the Middle East and Asia grows and becomes more complex, integrated and interdependent with each passing year. An estimated 45% of Middle East trade is now with Asia, against 14% with ...
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France, Germany risk spike shows core Europe wobbling

Although the risks facing the eurozone have improved during the past five years, almost every country remains worse off in Euromoney’s country risk survey since the global financial crisis struck in 2007-08.Plus, ...
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Uzbekistan looks to boost local capital markets after eurobond success

The head of Uzbekistan’s new capital markets agency is hoping to build on the success of the country’s debut sovereign eurobond sale to attract foreign banks and investors to its domestic market ...
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China’s small businesses are promised more money

By Pan YueChina’s annual parliamentary gathering, bringing together the National People’s Congress and a Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, is watched avidly by economists, analysts and bankers because it is often the ...
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Banks must re-embrace public stakeholders

The idea that German government support for a Deutsche Bank-Commerzbank merger is back-door nationalization – bringing Deutsche to heel, not just facilitating a bailout – reflects an ever-clearer reality in European banking ...
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Trade wars, interest rates, stocks and politics top ADB menu

The Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting is fast approaching. Between May 1 and 5, central bank governors, finance ministers and policy wonks from across Asia will get together in Fiji – and ...
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South Africa’s risk score is still tottering

Harbouring concerns: The lights are on in Cape Town, but everybody’s homing in on troubled EskomSouth Africa’s fall from grace is well-documented. Its country risk score has fallen more precipitously than most ...
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Can South Asia be a fintech leader?

South Asia has been a fintech laggard, but it is now back on trackSouth Asia has nearly everything an ambitious financial technology company wants. It is populous, economically dynamic, overwhelmingly young and ...
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Australia: CBA switchback shows weakness of Royal Commission

Euromoney said earlier in March that the Royal Commission into banking behaviour in Australia was all shouting, little substance. And here’s the thing about banks: they can tell the difference and exploit ...
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Tech investments bear fruit for global transaction banks

Revenues in both trade finance and cash management grew by 9% from $28.8 billion to $31.3 billion between year-end 2017 and 2018 for the top ten largest global transaction banks, according to ...
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Payments: India’s cash conundrum

Forget the Nordics – India is the country that is most likely to become the world’s first cashless society. Apparently.Search #cashless and there is a swathe of tweets linked to Sweden, the ...
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Responsible banking moves a few steps closer

At the end of January, Citi launched a €500 million green bond – its first green bond – and in February Bank of America launched a $500 million social bond – its ...
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