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IFRS adds new complications to accounting mix

The IFRS's latest attempt to simplify international accounting rules scores some small victories, but it also introduces a number of significant new problems into the accounting equation.

China: a drama that may not bring a crisis
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China: a drama that may not bring a crisis

Many analysts in the West are predicting the worst for China’s economy, pointing to a slowdown in growth and claiming a meltdown is on its way. However, as Stephen Timewell discovers, the mood within the country is more prosaic, with the feeling being that the economy is simply maturing to a level that will make its growth more sustainable.

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Trinidad and Tobago's maritime solution

Trinidad and Tobago has much to do to improve its business climate in the non-energy sector, but the Caribbean country already has ambitious plans, which include developing its maritime economy.

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The global spread of sukuk

The global spread of sukuk

With the UK, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and South Africa all preparing to issue, the popularity of sukuk is going global. And though each is likely to be limited in size, they will bring with them greater international awareness of sharia-compliant financing options.

Is Myanmar primed for a banking revolution

Is Myanmar primed for a banking revolution?

After decades of underperformance while under military rule, Myanmar is heading for a period of rapid growth, but much work still needs to be done to address the country’s infrastructure deficits, poverty and its underdeveloped banking sector.  

Morocco inches towards Islamic finance
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Morocco inches towards Islamic finance

Morocco is on the cusp of a legislative breakthrough that will pave the way for a fully fledged Islamic finance system in the country. But with a history of failed Islamic banking experiments, on top of the usual problems associated with establishing a new market in a country, Morocco's Islamic banking sector is unlikely to take an instant hold.

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State of play: India's banks in 2014

Two new players have been admitted into the Indian banking sector in 2014, but declining profitability among the country's existing lenders in the past 12 months does not appear to be inspiring much confidence in the industry. The Banker talks to chief executives at both established and new institutions, and discusses past performance and future plans.

India reshaped
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Can new hands reshape India's banking sector?

Critics have long argued that the obstacles preventing further growth in the Indian banking sector – particularly among its state-owned institutions – can be eliminated by a couple of deft policy changes. The question is, will the country's new government bring about the financial sector reforms that are so badly needed?

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Moldova CBG hitting the inflation target

Since taking office as governor of the National Bank of Moldova in 2009, Dorin Drăguţanu has implemented the country’s first inflation-targeting policy, has seen interest rates on loans and deposits decline and has welcomed amendments to the law on financial institutions. He speaks to The Banker about challenges surrounding transparency in the banking sector and economic implications of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

What would Scottish independence mean for banks

What would Scottish independence mean for banks?

If Scotland opts for independence from the rest of the UK later in 2014, the latter would be likely to get custody of banks.

Investors face fresh interest rate challenge

Investors face fresh interest rate challenge

Since interest rates dropped to record lows in both the US and UK, investors have been anticipating their rebound and picking their investments accordingly.

Jersey bond underscores financial centre status

Jersey bond underscores financial centre status

Jersey issued the first bond in its 800-year history to finance a renewal of its housing stock, and seized the opportunity to tell the crown dependency's story.

Yi Gang
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Central bank deputy governor looks to more balanced future

The deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, Yi Gang, sees positives in the slowing of China’s economy, and is looking to a healthier, more sustainable future for the country’s financial sector.

A sustainable future
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China’s banks look to sustainable future

As Chinese banks enter a new era of lower but more sustainable profit growth, they are increasingly eyeing new markets and models to maintain their upward trajectory.

China: a drama that may not bring a crisis
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China: a drama that may not bring a crisis

Many analysts in the West are predicting the worst for China’s economy, pointing to a slowdown in growth and claiming a meltdown is on its way. However, as Stephen Timewell discovers, the mood within the country is more prosaic, with the feeling being that the economy is simply maturing to a level that will make its growth more sustainable.

Kazakhstan enters into the unknown
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Kazakhstan enters into the unknown

International sanctions against Russia and uncertainty over commodity prices have had an impact on Kazakhstan and its banking sector. However, the country's central bank governor tells Nick Kochan of his plans to smarten up the country's financial landscape, starting with targeting unacceptably high NPL levels.

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Finance minister looks to patch up Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s economy is on the verge of recession, with low consumer demand and a liquidity crunch putting its businesses under plenty of strain. Against this backdrop, finance minister Patrick Chinamasa tells Paul Wallace how he has started to rebuild its ties with multilateral lenders in a bid to access new credit. 

Commerzbank seeks to hit 2016 targets
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Commerzbank seeks to hit 2016 targets

Commerzbank has had a difficult few years, but with a vigorous cost reduction programme helping the bank meet some of its 2016 strategy targets early, those within the bank have high hopes that the German lender has turned a corner.

Bankia bounces back
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Bankia rises from Spain's real estate ashes

Just a few years ago, Spanish lender Bankia was on the brink of collapse. Now, thanks to an aggressive restructuring programme, the bank is hitting its targets and has ambitions to compete with national giants Santander, BBVA and CaixaBank.

The unstoppable march of the renminbi
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The unstoppable march of the renminbi

As the internationalisation of the renminbi continues at a break-neck pace, Stephen Timewell and Xenia Xie look at the opportunities this will open up for both domestic and foreign banks.

Top 1000 World Banks Ranking 2014

Top 1000 World Banks 2014: Back on track?

Global banking profits jumped in this year's Top 1000 World Banks ranking to exceed their pre-crisis peak. So is the sector back in good health? Not universally so, reports Philip Alexander.

The Postal Savings Bank of China
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From out of nowhere: the Postal Savings Bank of China

Over the past seven years, the Postal Savings Bank of China has emerged out of nowhere to establish the largest banking network in the world. Stephen Timewell assesses its meteoric rise.

Top 1000 World Banks - Asia

 

Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker, talks to James King about the growth of the Asia-Pacific region's banking sector. They discuss the Bank of Japan's stimulus measures and their impact on southeast Asia, as well as the notable performance of Thailand's banks in this year's rankings. For full details of the 2014 rankings, visit: Top 1000 World Banks.

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Russian lenders dominate CEE's ROC ranking

Central and eastern Europe – Top five banks by return on capital

The top four banks in central and eastern European by return on capital are all Russian, with fifth placed Bulgaria-based First Investment Bank the only lender to buck the trend.

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ECB leaves eastern Europe feeling stressed

Austrian banks are complaining that the eurozone stress test is biased against central and eastern Europe.

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