Q&A: Bank of Cyprus

John Hourican, CEO: "I am confident that the city of London will continue to be a powerhouse in global finance regardless of how the separation from Europe occurs.”

Financial sector braces for strong headwinds

Senior bank executives and regulators gathering in Davos this week are still grappling with the fallout of the global financial crisis, almost a decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Disrupting the financial playing field

Naguib Sawiris has always been a force to be reckoned with, in business, politics and even international relations. Charismatic and forthright, the Egyptian entrepreneur is a visible catalyst of change in the Middle East and North Africa.

Driving digital payments innovation

Alternative payment methods, like peer-to-peer providers PayPal and Square Cash, and smartphone digital wallets, are disrupting an industry which long offered just three options: cash, check, or card.

Money makes the world go round

Long-established financial institutions are working hard to support financial inclusion and to increase their funding of socially and environmentally positive projects.

M-Pesa: mobile money in Africa

In many African countries, more people now use a mobile money account than a bank account. Many of them will be customers of Vodafone’s pioneering M-Pesa service.

Cyprus: stable finance, stable growth

As the world’s policymakers continue to grapple with the consequences of the global financial crisis, the remarkable recovery of the island economy of Cyprus has become a point of reference in the debate.

Exchanging environmental commodities

Alongside the global banks, newer players in the financial sector are delivering innovative financing mechanisms for environmental investments.

Q&A: MasterCard South Africa

Mark Elliot, Division President: "Done right, mobile money can bring the banked world to the unbanked in ways that are useful in their daily lives."

Q&A: Carbon Trade Exchange

Wayne Sharpe, Executive Chairman and Founder: "We want to provide the global scale and capacity needed to address the climate change problem."

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