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High altitude, higher stakes? Latin America under Trump

  • Author: Ivan Castano
  • Published: 24 Apr 2017

Latin America’s third-largest economy could slip into recession if US President Donald Trump’s toxic cocktail of threats to upend the North American Free Trade Agreement or impose heavy tariffs on Mexican exports come true. However, Mexican banks are – at least for now – unconcerned, writes Ivan Castano. read more

PSD2 – a catalyst for Pay By Mobile

  • Published: 4 Apr 2017

PSD2 marks a revolutionary industry development and will have a far-reaching impact on payments and digital commerce. The integration of Third Party Providers (TPPs) into the FCA’s regulatory framework will provoke new levels of transparency and security in online money transfer, and open the way for a new wave. Simon Pepper, head of product at Tola, writes. read more

That’s enough lipstick

  • Published: 31 Mar 2017

Digital initiatives remain a major priority for retail banks as they seek to meet the challenges of new regulations, disruptive start-ups and changing expectations from consumers. Christian Ball, head of retail – Atlantic region at GFT, writes. read more

Is the British banking system institutionally racist?

  • Author: Patrick Brusnahan
  • Published: 1 Feb 2017

Recent research showed that black victims of fraud are more than twice as likely to be denied a refund by their bank as white customers.

Is this a blip or a sign of a greater problem?. read more

Will Trump repeal Dodd-Frank and axe the CFPB?

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 12 Dec 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As Dodd-Frank created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the fate of the agency under the new Administration appears uncertain. US analysts discuss their views with Robin Arnfield. read more

CMA: Take a bow

  • Author: Douglas Blakey
  • Published: 10 Aug 2016

So we know now what we get for £5m and two years worth of work from the Competition and Markets Authority.
Its final report is measured, proportionate and deliverable, argues Douglas Blakey.. read more

UK Regulator fosters innovative collaboration in financial services

  • Published: 31 May 2016

Last month and after many weeks of planning, we supported the FCA to deliver a highly collaborative two day hackathon focused on improving access to financial services. Daryl Wilkinson comments. read more

Canada consults users on payments infrastructure modernisation

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 6 Oct 2015

The Canadian Payments Association, the agency responsible for Canada's core payments infrastructure, is in the midst of a modernisation effort to ensure the country’s systems meet users’ needs. This will involve introducing Faster Payments as well as the XML-based ISO 20022 financial messaging standard. Robin Arnfield reports. read more

Wonga should make Haste and re-brand

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 21 Apr 2015

Wonga has fallen into the red. What future is there for this payday lender and indeed the sector as a whole. Anna Milne writes. read more

Three Key Strategies to Overcome Basel III

  • Published: 30 Mar 2015

The implementation of Basel III creates a new set of challenges for the financial industry. Customer types, relationship types, channel types and many more will need to be categorised. A possible solution to these challenges is accurate and versatile data. Damian Young writes. read more

Payment Market Change Does Not Automatically Mean Market Slump

  • Author: RBI editorial
  • Published: 21 Jan 2015

Amanda Hartshorne believes a single, open, secure and innovative European market in payment services will be very positive for banks – but many will need to change or revamp to secure a place in the coming new milieu. read more

BBA Annual Financial Crime & Sanctions Conference

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 25 Sep 2014

In an environment of increasing penalties and fines being slapped on banks at an increasing rate, Andrew Bailey, CEO of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) says authorities and banks need to collaborate on fines and regulation globally, writes Anna Milne. read more

Fighting gas with fire

  • Author: Anna Milne
  • Published: 4 Sep 2014

If Swift sanctions on Russia go ahead, this might do less to thwart Russian trade and more to inconvenience those who trade with Russia, pushing payments underground and possibly even leaving Europeans out in the cold with winter approaching, writes Anna Milne. read more

How will the Standard Chartered money laundering fine affect its retail customers?

  • Author: Billy Bambrough
  • Published: 21 Aug 2014

Billy Bambrough asks how the bank's failure to keep its anti-money laundering obligations will impact its retail customers around the world. read more

FCA to curb UK payday lenders high interest rates

  • Author: Ellie Chambers
  • Published: 15 Jul 2014

Britain's banking watchdog has announced new rules to curb the high rates of interest that payday lenders are notorious for.. read more

Regulating mass communication

  • Author: Billy Bambrough
  • Published: 7 May 2013

Communisis is helping its UK retail banking clients to better communicate with customers following the January '13 retail distribution review. Billy Bambrough spoke to Graham Lee of Communisis about the challenges of dealing with customer communications on a grand scale and the importance of getting the right message across. read more

FATCA is a must, not an option

  • Published: 7 Jan 2013

Among numerous regulations being introduced both nationally and globally within the financial services sector, the US initiated Foreign Account Compliance Act (FATCA) has potentially the widest and longest term ramifications for the banking industry, argues Davide Ferrara, partner, CSC. He says that banks should beware of treating FATCA as a 'one-off' CA is a must, not an option. read more

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