2021

World’s Best Banks 2021

World’s Best Banks 2021

The year’s best banks pivoted to adapt to Covid-19—and set the stage for economic recovery.

Managing A Crisis

Managing A Crisis

Gulf states have managed the Covid health crisis well, by and large. Now, can they pivot back to long-awaited fiscal and economic reforms?

Bahrain's Bet On Fintech

Bahrain's Bet On Fintech

Bahrain aims to make itself both a fintech incubator and a destination for providers based elsewhere to develop and launch their solutions.

2020

Development Lenders Plug Gap

Development Lenders Plug Gap

The global pandemic is holding back Africa’s essential infrastructure development. Some creative private sector and multilateral solutions promise to ease the crisis.

Resilience and Hope

Resilience and Hope

Covid-19’s impact has not been as great in Africa as on other continents. But governments are still looking for ways to return to rapid growth. 

World's Best Banks 2020: Western Europe

World's Best Banks 2020: Western Europe

Global Finance’s Best Banks in Western Europe 2020 distinguished themselves by strengthening their capital buffers—just in time for a wrenching new year.

Avoiding Cash To Avoid Contagion

Avoiding Cash To Avoid Contagion

Contamination fears from banknotes and electronic keypads are fueling a surge in electronic payments, and governments are keen to encourage the trend. 

2019

Africa's Fintech Makeover

Africa's Fintech Makeover

Telecoms and local start-ups are bringing digital banking to underserved areas of the continent, often in partnership with traditional banks. But working together isn’t always easy.  

Africa Converging

Africa Converging

The regional economy is expanding, but a global slowdown and a continuing infrastructure deficit stand in the way of faster growth. 

Kristalina Georgieva To Head The IMF

Kristalina Georgieva To Head The IMF

The 66-year-old Bulgarian economist and former chief executive of the World Bank remains the only candidate to replace Christine Lagarde.

2018

A Trade Bloc Is Born

A Trade Bloc Is Born

A new tariff-reduction deal aims to knit Africa together economically. But with infrastructure and productivity deficits, is the continent ready to take advantage of it? 

New Road To Growth

A free trade pact, new infrastructure investment, and diaspora bonds are some of the ingredients in Africa’s recipe for economic expansion.

Special Cases

The complex wealth of globe-trotting executives and entrepreneurs comes with unique considerations, requiring specialized understanding and advice.

South Africa's New Challengers

Out with the old, in with the new? Not quite, as the region’s incumbent banks are stepping up to the challenge presented by a spate of new, digital-only entrants that have no legacy system costs.