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By Xavier Vives - Mar 15,2023
BARCELONA — Should the rest of the world be worried about the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) last week? SVB was the 16th largest bank in the United States, with about $210 billion in assets and a market valuation of $44 billion at its peak.
By Xavier Vives - Dec 03,2022
BARCELONA  —  Swiftly rising interest rates have punctured the cryptocurrency bubble, exposing fragility, bad governance, and even fraud in many corners, most notably at the crypto exchange FTX.
By Xavier Vives - Nov 21,2021
BARCELONA — “Blah, blah, blah”. That was how the young climate activist Greta Thunberg characterised this year’s climate summit in Glasgow (COP26), even before it began. She was right, in a way.
By Xavier Vives - Oct 25,2021
BARCELONA — The European Green Deal aims to reduce Europe’s greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050, not least through decarbonisation of the energy sector.
By Xavier Vives - Jul 11,2020
BARCELONA — The COVID-19 crisis has revealed banks to be not part of the problem for a change, but part of the solution.
By Xavier Vives - Jan 09,2020
BARCELONA — After enduring two general elections in 2019, Spain now has its first coalition government since the death of Generalísimo Francisco Franco.
By Xavier Vives - Oct 10,2016
The banking business has fallen on hard times. The combination of persistent low interest rates, increasing regulatory compliance costs, and the rise of new competitors taking advantage of financial technologies (fintech for short) has produced, in Europe in particular, exce


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