2017

Honing A Competitive Edge in Transaction Banking

Honing A Competitive Edge in Transaction Banking

Much has been said about the brave new world of transaction banking—robots and blockchains replacing humans and inefficient paper. Are we really headed for a Terminator-esque world where robots are the norm?  

Locked In But Not Bound

Locked In But Not Bound

Global Finance: What are the chief benefits of choosing DCFs? Do these benefits offset their higher cost, when compared with simple currency forwards? Jacques Molgo: Firstly, you lock in the exchange rate only in case the deal and the exposure ...

Tillerson’s Test: To Manage Relations With Kremlin

Tillerson’s Test: To Manage Relations With Kremlin

ExonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson went overnight from dark-horse candidate to president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of State. The appointment is subject to a Senate hearing—which will be contentious. But if confirmed, Tillerson might prove to have the most challenging ...

2016

Ripple Looks to Make Bigger Splash in Payments

Ripple Looks to Make Bigger Splash in Payments

Financial settlement start-up Ripple has enjoyed a cordial, but at times uneasy relationship with the financial messaging network SWIFT. On the one hand it has sought to collaborate with SWIFT to try and improve the cross-border payments experience for corporate ...

Danger In The Cloud

Danger In The Cloud

The 2016 Global Cloud Data Security Study, compiled for digital security company Gemalto by the Ponemon Institute, shows that safety measures are not keeping up with Cloud data challenges, making organizations vulnerable in storage and management of confidential information.

Best Digital Banks 2016

Best Digital Banks 2016

The first-round winners of the 17th Global Finance Best Digital Bank Awards reveal the strategic importance that both corporate/institutional and consumer banks place on digital banking.

Can Jet CEO Make Walmart.com Fly?

Can Jet CEO Make Walmart.com Fly?

US | Wal-Mart’s decision to buy Jet.com, a fast-growing e-commerce company, for $3.3 billion is being viewed as a shrewd move for both companies—one that strengthens their ability to compete with Amazon. 

Building Toward A Breakthrough

Building Toward A Breakthrough

Finance sector innovations have cut costs and improved convenience but have not been transformative. Will bankers and treasurers—traditionally risk-averse players—ever brainstorm a revolutionary breakthrough?

Casablanca Wins Award, And Investments

Casablanca Wins Award, And Investments

Forget Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Casablanca is carving a new identity as a financial hub, with the Casablanca Finance City (CFC) recently topping the Global Financial Centers Index in Africa.

Adding Value And Boosting Digital Agility: Svante Andreen, Nordea

Adding Value And Boosting Digital Agility: Svante Andreen, Nordea

Nordea Markets Investment Banking is an integrated part of wholesale banking in the Nordea Group. A move from different legacy systems to one single platform is part of Nordea’s simplification program. Svante Andreen, Nordea co-head of markets investment banking, expects the move to foster agility, enabling Nordea to become a truly digital bank.

Breen Goes Lean Before Mega-Merger

Breen Goes Lean Before Mega-Merger

Newsmakers | United States
Edward Breen earned his reputation breaking up Tyco, so it’s no surprise that he’s hit the ground running since taking over at DuPont last October as interim CEO, a position made permanent a month later.

Blockchain Voyages Of Discovery

Blockchain Voyages Of Discovery

Special Report: Fintech
As banks rush to find areas where the blockchain can save them time and money while creating opportunities, it’s hard to see exactly how this might shape future banking processes.

Adversity Brings Creativity

Adversity Brings Creativity

The Middle East is characterized by high youth unemployment and political and economic uncertainty, but new business and technology start-ups and young entrepreneurs are providing hope for future generations.

Sell-Off No Quick Fix For Russia’s Budget Deficit

Capital Markets | Privatization
Russian president Vladimir Putin is pinning his hopes on privatization to help ease Russia’s 2016 budget deficit, which, according to some estimates, could reach $38 billion, or 6% of GDP.

SCF Market Pushes Banks To Focus On Execution

SCF Market Pushes Banks To Focus On Execution

Michael McDonough, global head of corporate trade and supply chain finance at JP Morgan Chase, sees the supplier finance market evolving to embrace more diverse industry sectors, and banks expanding the range of funding to clients. 

Promoting SCF Benefits Across Africa

Promoting SCF Benefits Across Africa

Philip Panaino, regional head, transaction banking, Africa & Middle East, Standard Chartered, says awareness of supply chain finance needs to expand from corporate treasurers to their broader organizations.

Taking Blockchain From Development To Deployment

FinTech | Trends
The launch of the blockchain-enabled asset trading platform Nasdaq Linq, Goldman Sachs’ filing of a patent for a securities settlement system based on a new virtual currency called SETLcoin, and the continued rise of blockchain banking consortium R3 all point to a race by financial institutions to harness the power of the blockchain.

2015

New Digital Battle Lines Drawn

New Digital Battle Lines Drawn

The World’s Best Digital Bank Awards was preceded this year by the inaugural Global Finance Digital Bank Conference, held in London. Three panels of digital banking experts shared their experiences of competing against nontraditional providers in the financial technology space.