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Pandemic hangover fuels pessimism in 2022

January 18, 2022

The survey results underpinning the WEF’s Global Risks Report 2022 paint a bleak picture for the global recovery, with just one in six international business leaders feeling positive about the outlook for the world. 

Germany sees dip in financial services FDI

January 11, 2022

Germany holds onto second place among its western European peers when it comes to the number of foreign investment projects since 2016, but saw a drop in the first 10 months of 2021.  

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AML and data breach fines halved in 2021

January 11, 2022

Penalties that financial institutions incurred for non-compliance with anti-money laundering and data privacy regulations have dropped significantly in 2021. However, there is still much work to be done to stem financial crime.

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Looking back on 2021’s major themes

December 21, 2021

Cryptocurrencies, sustainability and financial inclusion are the notable hot topics for the banking industry over the past year, as well as regulatory changes and the continued digital transformation of the sector. 

El Salvador’s boost in fintech FDI due to bitcoin adoption

December 14, 2021

During the first half of 2021, the Central American country saw a significant increase in fintech investment on the back of accepting bitcoin as legal tender. 

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The great wholesale digital currency race heats up

December 14, 2021

In recent weeks, a few central bank experiments with wholesale digital currencies and blockchain have come to fruition, as well as private sector initiatives, all aiming to improve transaction settlement. 

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Landing on the right side of the 'great divergence'

December 7, 2021

The 11th edition of McKinsey’s annual banking review analyses the global industry’s profitability challenges, as well as the widening gap in market-to-book ratio between top and bottom performers.

Poland leads in emerging Europe financial services FDI

December 6, 2021

Poland is the top country for foreign direct investment in financial services and fintech projects in eastern Europe, followed by Lithuania and Romania.

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The Banker’s Top 100 CIS Banks 2021

December 1, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic and widespread political turmoil in the region may have taken a toll on the profitability of the lenders included in The Banker’s 2021 Top 100 CIS Banks ranking, but they have managed to increase their assets.

Belarusian banks face challenging times ahead

November 30, 2021

The growing humanitarian crisis at the Belarusian border has incurred additional EU sanctions, which will impact the country’s economic recovery.

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