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This Economist Intelligence Unit report predicts a mix of sun and clouds on the 2017 horizon for banks, insurance companies, asset management firms and capital markets, which must deal with sluggish Western economies and new regulations. On the bright side, developing countries may present great opportunities to resourceful providers. getAbstract suggests this perspicacious peek into the financial future to industry executives, analysts and investors.

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The portfolio of the financial services industry is out of balance: Its major assets and activities are in developed countries, whose continuing weakness – due to aging populations, maturing markets and stagnating growth – will plague the industry through 2017. In contrast, enormous opportunities exist in developing economies, where basic financial services are often lacking, but whose financial markets are less robust and more risky. New regulation is another cloud on the horizon: The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the US Dodd-Frank Act and European financial reform will impose increased capital...

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