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South-east Asia catches the sustainability bug

Although the region has arguably been slow off the mark in the adoption of green bonds, things are starting to change.

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Enabling firms to be more confident in their systems’ resilience

FIS Capital Markets’s head of managed services believes financial services firms are waking up to the benefits of outsourcing. 

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The hurdles ahead for open finance in the UK

As the OBIE seeks to widen the initiative to include ‘open finance’, it is important to consider the dangers and drawbacks.

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A moment of truth for Natixis

Natixis CEO Nicolas Namias outlines his ambitions for the firm, following its recent delisting and acquisition by BPCE.

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Decarbonisation: is digital transformation a double-edged sword?

Digital transformation is helping financial institutions address the challenge of decarbonisation, but transformational technologies bring carbon emissions of their own.

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Incentivising UAE’s fintech boom

Financial services foreign direct investment rose in 2020 despite the pandemic and has remained robust this year on the back of generous state support.

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Cyber security tips for the payments industry

A new report lays out 20 recommendations for how the payments industry can elevate its game in preventing cyber attacks. A rising focus on cyber hygiene will lift the whole industry.

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Deutsche Bank continues breaking Formosa ground

The German lender’s first green Formosa bond capitalises on Taiwanese insurers’ deep pockets and growing interest in renewables. 


JPMorgan becoming bank of choice for European SPACs

While European special purpose acquisition company markets remain small compared to their US cousins, JPMorgan can claim a big role in helping the market catch up.

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How digital and green come together to change the world

Remote sensing and artificial intelligence, combined with blockchain technology, could help more accurately measure and manage sustainability-related risks.

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Trillion-dollar banks and serving the public interest

Bank CEOs need to think beyond maximising short-term profits and step up to their social responsibility.  


Real-time data and shifting risk models in banking

From a customer perspective, banks have had a ‘good’ pandemic. How can banks build on that trust in the sector and its digital take up?

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How close are we to treasury-as-a-service?

How does access to emerging technology and customer demands translate into a treasury-as-a-service offering? 

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DeFi: finance's new era

Decentralised finance will completely shake up, and potentially even replace, the existing banking system.

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Private capital markets come of age

All the ingredients are in place for continued private capital market growth.

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Arab banks’ performance is evidence of pandemic damage

An overview of the key findings in this year’s Top 100 Arab Banks ranking.


A new era for GCC digital banking

Digital-only banks in the Gulf Co-operation Council are experiencing a boom.

Tech Talk: Elsewhen

Leon Gauhman, co-founder and chief product office/chief strategy officer, Elsewhen, a digital product consultancy, talks to The Banker’s Joy Macknight about several hot topics, including whether UK fintech is ready for a post-Brexit fightback and the lessons from the GameStop saga.

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Mortgage exposures weigh on Polish banks

Poland’s largest bank, PKO Bank Polski, saw pre-tax profits slump 109%.

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US getting act together over crypto

International standard setters are closing in on cryptoassets and their interventions are likely to intensify in the regulated sphere of the financial services industry, but that is not necessarily bad news for banks. 

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