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Santander’s positivity is an outlier in Brazil

A Santander office gleaming in the São Paulo sunshine As the first of Brazil’s big banks to report first-quarter earnings, there was more focus than usual on Santander Brasil at the end ...
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Digital disbursements plug gaps left by Covid-19 relief effort

The global lockdown has forced millions of people to stay at home. Local shops, restaurants and bars are all under extreme financial stress as foot fall has collapsed and the realization dawns ...
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German court gives ECB three months to justify sovereign bond purchases

On Tuesday, the German constitutional court delivered a withering verdict on the governance around decisions of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Eurosystem of national central banks over the public sector ...
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Shifting corporate responsibility to consumer resilience

Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz made the point recently in reference to Covid-19 that the US has created an economy without resilience. It would be fair to say the US is not ...
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IIF says policy fragmentation slowing sustainable finance

The Institute of International Finance (IIF), which has 450 members from banks to central banks, is calling for greater international alignment of sustainable finance policies and regulation to better support the transition ...
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Hong Kong: BEA and Elliott show solidarity but bicker over future

David Li, chairman of Bank of East Asia Elliott Management and Bank of East Asia (BEA) on Wednesday issued a joint press release, including comments from Elliott co-chief executive Jonathan Pollock and ...
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In the Middle East, fertility is the next big investment trend

Babies are set to become big business in the UAE as the government looks at ways to tackle the low birth rate among Emiratis. This presents new investment opportunities in long-term demographic ...
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Repayment difficulties put Lebanese investors in a risk frenzy

Red light: Investors – you have been warned Lebanon stood out with one of the biggest falls of all among the countries downgraded by risk analysts in Euromoney’s global risk survey last ...
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US stabs itself in back; China complains

A bill passed by the United States Senate that aims to force all foreign firms to comply with US audit standards has received short shrift in Beijing. China’s securities regulator – the ...
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Country risk: 2020 vision brings the eurozone’s risks into focus

The outlook is poor: GDP growth in the euro area has been slowing since 2017 and analysts see little reason to expect any near-term improvement. Analysts have taken a dim view of ...
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Sideways: BlackRock walks a governance tightrope

BlackRock’s Larry Fink and New York Federal Reserve president John Williams: Both seem keenly aware that the slightest hint of impropriety in their unusual relationship could cause enormous reputational damage BlackRock was ...
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Country risk: Former Yugoslavia face higher risks – Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia exposed

The CEE region has coped well with managing the coronavirus pandemic, but will be severely tested by falling tourism, rising debts and political instability ...
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