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2020 economic and market strategy views

A view on the year ahead – market strategy and economic outlook.

5 days ago

Global economic outlook 2020: The rocky road to recovery

Our global chief economist plots the year ahead for banks around the world

6 days ago

Dynamic Chinese market demands multi-faceted approach

Various programmes designed to facilitate foreign investment have boosted financial market reform in China, and the internationalisation of the renminbi.…

6 days ago

Addressing Africa’s currency management challenges

The formation of the African Continental Free Trade Area is expected to boost trade volumes across the continent. Corporates that…

6 days ago

Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Finance in the UAE

The white paper addresses key considerations to ensure the market continues to grow and achieve the UN’s SDGs, and restrict…

7 days ago

Real-time payments in an increasingly connected world

How is the real-time payment landscape changing, and what effect is it having on corporate payments and collections?

1 week ago

Supply chains in focus

Michael Sugirin speaks with SAP’s Falk Rieker about key developments in Supply Chain Finance.

9 Dec 2019

MENA and Pakistan: Have a Cross-Border Business? Time to Consider Currency Hedging

Deciding whether or not to hedge against foreign exchange risks is a lot like deciding about insurance: by the time…

9 Dec 2019

India rolls out the red carpet for foreign investment

India is taking steps to convince potential foreign investors that it is easier to do business than it might have…

9 Dec 2019

A call to rationalise account structures in MENA

While Middle East jurisdictions are loosening their historic restrictions on foreign investors accessing local markets, continued operational barriers have impeded…

9 Dec 2019

Local presence unlocks restricted FX markets

Accessing restricted Foreign Exchange markets can be a considerable challenge for corporates and investors, with many markets still requiring local…

9 Dec 2019

Building new networks for a complex world

Growth in the 21st century is happening. Building new networks for a complex world is vital.

22 Nov 2019

The evolution of the trade cycle for fast moving consumer goods

Working capital has been a key source of capital release for FMCG corporates over the past five years, however, with…

20 Nov 2019

Why Green Energy Needs Major Action

Oil & Gas majors must transform into composite energy companies that have as much expertise with new energy sources as…

20 Nov 2019

Podcast series: Financing a sustainable planet

A series examining how sustainable finance solutions may help us address the crisis our planet faces.

4 Nov 2019

The Global Trade Disorder: A Zero-Sum Game?

Can India benefit from the US-China trade dispute?

23 Oct 2019

Facing the Future

Education, technology and collaboration - the keys to an inclusive future.

21 Oct 2019

A solutions-based fixed income prime unit for hedge funds

Standard Chartered’s fixed income prime brokerage linked to the Bank’s own custody and repo financing capabilities looks set for greater…

9 Oct 2019

Innovation in treasury management

As a key strategic partner to the business, today’s Treasurers can greatly benefit from the use of digital tools and…

8 Oct 2019

Powering Real-Time Business

As the consumerisation of commerce drives customer demand for faster and more efficient ways of doing business, Treasurers need to…

7 Oct 2019

Digital, crypto and tokenised assets in securities services

The digital transformation of financial services is continuing apace. Digital technology, such as distributed ledger technology (DLT), is enabling any…

20 Sep 2019

Gender diversity: a gamechanger in an age of disruption

As innovation disrupts and transforms the financial industry, firms are putting a premium on employing the best creative thinkers. With…

20 Sep 2019

The Rise of Asia-Pacific as a Source of Innovation

Asia-Pacific’s role as a fertile ground for technological development has been attributed to a powerful cocktail of relatively youthful populations,…

16 Sep 2019

The EU’s Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD2): Why it matters outside Europe too

On 3 September 2018, the European Commission published its Implementing Regulation 2018/1212 in relation to the Shareholder Rights Directive (last…

16 Sep 2019

Harnessing Voltron’s open industry platform to transform global trade

Today, when information is easily available at our fingertips, and an online payment takes a fraction of a second, it…

16 Sep 2019

De-risking in Correspondent Banking: existential challenge or catalyst for change?

Growing regulatory expectations, costs of due diligence, and concerns around profitability have led international banks to de-risk their portfolios, scaling…

16 Sep 2019

Diverse threats demand diverse solutions: The evolution of cybersecurity

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, how best can banks and financial institutions (FIs) best tackle cybercrime, and how can…

16 Sep 2019

Faster, fit-for-purpose and fraud-proof: Digitalising financial aid distribution

Financial services and public sector development organisations are turning to innovative technology to secure access to financial aid.

16 Sep 2019

Banking on innovation in a digital world

Innovation and disruption have become the watchwords of the financial services industry, but will it continue to exist in the…

16 Sep 2019

Innovation culture – moving towards agility

We are living in an era of hyper convergence and instant gratification; everything needs to be fast and free. Fintech…

16 Sep 2019

Regtech and the fight against financial crime

Every aspect of banking today is being transformed by new technologies - the fight against financial crime is no exception.

16 Sep 2019

China investment has never been easier

Now in its fourth year, Standard Chartered’s annual RMB Investors Forum survey gathers the views of investors, regulators and custodians…

11 Sep 2019

Man meets machine – A human touch

From apocalyptic movies about machines destroying humans to hyperbolic headlines about job losses, if popular media is to be believed,…

11 Sep 2019

How corporates and banks can promote sustainable trade

Momentum to drive sustainable trade has been good, but there are still challenges to overcome.

11 Sep 2019

Digitising trade in China for growth and prosperity

Kathy Huang, Head of Trade, and Eileen Jiang, Head of Trade Products, both at Standard Chartered in China, provide an…

11 Sep 2019

BigTech is coming. Is banking ready?

Much of the commentary around technology and financial services has positioned newcomers as an existential threat to banks. This is…

11 Sep 2019

Digitising the supply chain

With the trade finance space digitising across the entire supply chain, corporates and banks now have the tools to co-create…

10 Sep 2019

Asia: An investor playground amidst volatility

As global economic growth slows, Asia’s high-growth markets look especially appealing to debt investors.

5 Sep 2019

DLT for Trade: Ever closer to a digital globe

Technology will disrupt trade finance, just as it has disrupted other intermediary businesses and there will be a lag in…

30 Aug 2019

Digitisation: Accelerating the financial supply chain

By removing paper and automating processes, digitisation is driving major change in both physical and financial supply chains.

30 Aug 2019

Capitalising on underestimated investment corridors

With a select group of economies likely to grow at 7 per cent into the 2020s, investors that take a…

29 Aug 2019

Beyond commodities – how the Middle East markets are diversifying by investing in new sectors

As Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries strive to diversify their economies away from oil, Capital Markets have become unexpectedly valuable…

22 Aug 2019

Who are the winners in the US-China trade war?

As trade friction between China and the United States escalates, the situation is having the unintended consequence of benefiting certain…

20 Aug 2019

Can your capital structure withstand the next recession?

As economic storm clouds gather, CFOs are rightly questioning whether their capital structures are flexible enough to withstand a downturn.

16 Aug 2019

Green to blue: The sustainable finance movement gains momentum

There is an increasing sense of urgency about putting the global economy on a path towards sustainable development.

19 Jul 2019

US vs China: a zero-sum game?

How US-China relations could impact global trade - three potential scenarios

24 Jun 2019

Variable Capital Company: Set for success

The VCC will position Singapore as a global fund management hub to rival Dublin and the Cayman Islands.

11 Jun 2019

Strengthening Securities Services: ISSA’s FCC principles explained

The ISSA has newly developed a more robust compliance framework to help detect and prevent crimes in Securities Services.

11 Jun 2019

Technology and the future of custody

The ever-shifting landscape of custody will be shaped by new technology, with a focus on automation of services for custodians.

11 Jun 2019

Crunching China’s capital numbers

Economic reforms and market liberalisation have brought rapid growth to China’s capital market. What does the future bring?

11 Jun 2019

B&R gathers momentum despite concerns from some quarters

A growing number of corporate treasurers are recognising the benefits that Belt and Road could bring.

6 Jun 2019

RMB internationalisation: Does it show green shoots of promise?

Rebound in offshore renminbi usage suggests corporates respond pragmatically to better economic news

1 Jun 2019

Digitising treasury in a real-time world

Treasurers who explore emerging technologies and evaluate potential solutions will stay one step ahead.

1 Apr 2019

The psychology of security

An understanding of the ‘human endpoint’ is now an essential aspect of managing cybersecurity threats.

1 Mar 2019

Embracing disruption: the future of banking

How will AI, chatbots and blockchain impact the future of banking? Standard Chartered’s CIO weighs in.

1 Mar 2019

The evolution of sustainable finance

Financial institutions play a key role in solving the world’s environmental and social challenges.

5 Feb 2019

Securities services: securing the future

It is a well-known maxim that regulation and technology are the co-drivers of change in the financial industry.

1 Dec 2018

Trade Wars and Technology: A New Era for Trade Finance

Is trade finance headed for a perfect storm of digital disruption, trade weaponisation and lower revenues?

14 Nov 2018

Payments innovation for financial inclusion

Financial inclusion enables and empowers people and communities and can help drive economic growth by bridging economic opportunities and outcomes.

16 Sep 2019

Financial Crime Compliance in Securities

Financial crime in securities is on the rise, it’s time that an industry-wide response was made a priority.

13 Nov 2018

Harnessing technology in the fight against financial crime

Financial crime is getting more sophisticated – but so is the technology designed to thwart it.

11 Oct 2018

Removing obstacles to digital trade

The opportunity for digital trade has never been greater – but there are still significant obstacles to clear in the…

10 Oct 2018

Taming the flow monster in real-time payments

Real-time payments are redefining the banking landscape. Banks must learn to manage velocity – not just liquidity.

9 Oct 2018

Virtual accounts: Real-life benefits in real-time

The value proposition of virtual accounts is compelling as they provide a scalable way for treasurers to automate processes and…

1 Sep 2018

Realising the promise of technology and innovation in Securities Services

Securities services providers have a choice: leverage new technology – or risk getting left behind.

1 Jun 2018