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The relatively small economies of Vietnam and Cambodia are punching above their weight in terms of growth in The Banker’s latest Association of South-east Asian Nations ranking. Meanwhile, Singapore’s banks retain their dominance in the ranking in terms of Tier 1 capital.
Following a difficult few years, Italy's banks received a windfall from the central bank after the institution revalued its share 'capital', but other eurozone lenders claim that this gives Italian players an unfair advantage in the upcoming asset quality review.
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The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.
Global Payments processes $1bn in card payments a day in countries all over the world. In a field of rapid innovation, what does chief executive Jeffrey Sloan see as the future of payments?
Foreign banks currently account for less than 2% of the Chinese banking industry, but thanks to the country's vast retail market, growing asset management industry and M&A-hungry corporates, many global banks are positioning themselves to take a bigger share of the spoils.
Scotiabank intends to expand its domestic credit card business, despite record levels of household debt in Canada. It also wants to push retail operations in Latin America, a region where economic growth has been largely disappointing in recent years. Chief executive Brian Porter explains the rationale behind what may sound to some like a risky plan.
After years of neglect, the Iraqi banking sector offers promise once again. Mobile banking, trade finance and infrastructure financing opportunities are proving attractive to existing lenders and the wave of new entrants looking to break into the market. But, before the tide can finally turn, there are regulatory issues that need addressing.
Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund is in the process of extricating itself from banks it rescued during the crisis, but poor asset quality is posing a serious challenge to the new owners.
The European high-yield bond market has come a long way from its infancy in the late 1990s to record issuance in 2012 and 2013. But with interest rates threatening to rise, can the market stay on track for another bumper year in 2014?
Nigeria’s banks may be suffering the impact of regulatory changes and monetary tightening, but the country’s robust growth and economic reforms are taking away the sting.
In the three years since its bail-out, Portugal has impressed many onlookers with its efforts to turn its economy around. Now it is on track to make a clean exit from its rescue programme in May, but the question is will the progress made over the past three years continue?
With the country's well-capitalised banking sector set to transition smoothly to Basel III standards and a positive macroeconomic outlook, central bank governor Mohammad Al-Hashel is able to concentrate on Kuwait's longer term prospects. He tells The Banker how he expects more growth in the Islamic banking sector and an increase in government spending, both of which will prove beneficial to the country's economy.
Steadily rising oil prices, a stable economy and the implementation of the National Development Plan are causing ripples of optimism in Kuwait, as the country looks to build on the slow progress it has been making in recent years.
With a greatly increased technological capacity and a new external regulator increasing transparency, hopes are high that there will soon be a healthy pipeline of deals for the Kuwait Stock Exchange.
Kuwait may lay claim to more than 5% of the world's total oil reserves, but without the expertise and equipment needed to tap into the bulk of this, and with strict rules prohibiting foreign help, the country is struggling to realise its energy potential.
Amcon, Nigeria’s resolution vehicle set up after its 2009 financial crisis, has made a lot of progress restructuring the billions of dollars of loans it holds. But its chief executive Mustafa Chike-Obi says its work will get harder and argues against calls for it to be wound down quickly.
Investors in Nigeria were shocked when central bank governor Lamido Sanusi was suspended in February. His likely successor, Godwin Emefiele, is a very different character, but he will be keen to prove he is no less independent.
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The Banker's Brian Caplen and Philip Alexander talk about key issues to be discussed at this year's event in Poland in mid-May- View from EBRD 2014
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