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Blockchain - Moving from hype to reality
Investments and interest in distributed ledger technology have been rising rapidly as new use cases emerge to harness its potential. The technology is nonetheless still at an early stage with many hurdles to cross, possibly five to seven years away from mainstream adoption.
Basel capital showdown pits US against Europe
Basel regulators are trying to finalise changes on how to calculate banks’ risky assets. But US and Europe are at loggerheads about what these should look like. After postponing a decision in January, and failing to reach a conclusion in early March, a compromise is proving to be tricky.
Interview: “Now is the best time to hire good talent”
Takeshi Ohashi, general manager and head of Mizuho Bank’s global transaction banking business shares his views on the challenges of expanding its international operations in the midst of the current economic and trade slowdown.
New regulation to drive innovation in payments
On 13th January 2018, the new European Directive on Payment Services “(EU) 2015/2366” comes into application. With just under a year to go, financial services providers are gearing up for change. What will be ‘PSD2’‘s immediate effect and longer-term impact on the payments market?
Are ECB's negative interest rates effective?
The ECB’s measures, including negative interest rates are proving to be effective in increasing inflation and reducing the overall risk in the economy. However, banks should adapt continually to the changing environment by adjusting their business models as well as reducing their operating costs and non-performing loans, to stay resilient in the long term.
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