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UK banks are setting a bad example

September 4, 2006

UK banks are being criticised for unfair practices, and are not good role models, says Andy Mullineux.

Tapping into the rich seam of remittances

September 4, 2006

Future retail profits depend on the major banks figuring out a way to harness this vast market, despite the short-term costs.

IMF is not ready for an early radical revision of Asia’s quota

September 4, 2006

Asia is underepresented and Europe and the US must accordingly accept some loss of their overblown status – but all in good time.

The challenge of unequal distribution remains paramount

September 4, 2006

We are not woolly liberals at The Banker and yet it is hard to deny that the greatest problem facing the world is growing inequality. The advance of technology is creating a divide between those with the skills to access and profit from it and those who do not. In the emerging markets, the gap is between those gaining from growing manufacturing sectors, tourism and call centres and those still stuck in urban slums or backward rural areas.

The world’s most desirable player?

September 4, 2006

What Standard Chartered lacks in raw size, it more than makes up for in terms of emerging markets presence and knowledge as well as exemplary management policies, making it a prime takeover target. 

Argentina must stick with current course

August 7, 2006

Orthodox ‘adjustment’ policies risk destroying the gains made since the 2001 crisis, namely high growth and investment rates as well as reasonably low inflation and unemployment, says Roberto Lavagna.

Few signs of Equator Principles’ success

August 7, 2006

The Equator Principles have been improved but successful implementation remains the true litmus test, say Andrea Durbin and Johan Frijns.

EU must help Turkey ward off instability

August 7, 2006

With its neighbours in various states of strife, safeguarding Turkey’s obvious progress should be an EU priority.

Tough IT challenge of forging a single European clearing house

August 7, 2006

The reality of delivering savings through single platforms depends on delivering the technology behind it, regardless of the model used.

Finding jewels in seemingly hopeless political situations

August 7, 2006

With agonising predictability, the Middle East is once again the scene of conflict and bloodshed. As a monthly business publication, we do not try to compete with CNN, the news wires and the dailies in providing graphic coverage of wars and disasters. We expect our readers to be well versed in the headlines before The Banker lands on their desks.

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