fDi Markets Newswire:

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Buying spree helps MasterCard expand global footprint

MasterCard's growth over the past decade has been rapid, both in terms of value and global reach. The company's international markets president tells Wendy Atkins how an acquisition and expansion spree has aided this growth.

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A dip into the unknown: why investors are eyeing Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s relaxed approach to life extends to its business environment, with low taxes and a light-touch regulatory regime. Besides plenty of room for expanding tourism, it offers potential investors a youthful workforce and unexploited natural resources, as Brian Caplen reports.

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South Pacific financial centres hit by derisking global banks

Regulations against money laundering and financing terrorism are pushing international banks to derisk by closing lines with money transfer businesses. As many Pacific Islands rely heavily on remittance flows, some are now questioning the benefits of remaining an IFC. Brian Caplen reports.

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Could Cologne's insurance industry benefit from Brexit fallout?

With the UK's financial services firms weighing up their options following the Brexit referendum, could Cologne be set to benefit from an exodus of insurance companies from London? Natasha Turak takes a look

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Europe and China make ground as fintech approaches tipping point

The disruption to traditional banking models caused by fintech may be reaching a tipping point, but some investors are looking beyond the US to Europe and China, where the scale of innovation may surpass traditional expectations.

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RationalFX stays on the money for foreign exchange

RationalFX, launched in the UK 11 years ago, was a pioneer in online foreign exchange services. Its founder and CEO tells Natasha Turak how new innovations can keep it at the forefront of fintech trends, Brexit or not.

Africa’s financial services sector continues downward trend

Total investment, jobs and capex all on the slide, although Kenya and Ghana are improving.

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Tatarstan president looks to Islamic finance to fill funding gap

Faced with low oil revenues and sanctions against Russia, Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov tells Courtney Fingar how he is promoting R&D, while diversifying the country’s economy away from its traditional industrial base and into Islamic finance. 

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A fintech future? Luxembourg seeks financial technology hub status

Luxembourg is carving out a niche as a finch hub, offering start-ups in the sector an impressive support network. However, can such a small location attract and retain the required talent to compete with the likes of London and San Francisco? Natasha Turak investigates.

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Dominican Republic stays mobile on growth

Despite the economic struggles of the wider Caribbean and Latin America region, the Dominican Republic is set to record strong growth for 2015, with its financial services sector – and mobile banking in particular – thriving.

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