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Regulation needs recalibrating

May 17, 2018

Overburdening small banks and preventing lending to SMEs are two unintended consequences of the regulatory onslaught since the financial crisis, writes Brian Caplen.

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Will Nordic equity markets maintain their hot streak?

May 1, 2018

Property companies in the Nordic region have favoured the equity market recently as investors responded to low interest rates. Can the outlook remain positive despite Sweden's declining house prices? Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Albania looks ahead to prosperity and EU membership

May 1, 2018

Albania’s banks are expected to restart lending to the corporate sector, as government attempts to lower non-performing loans and reform the judicial system continue to improve the business environment and raise hopes of a future inside the EU. Jason Mitchell reports.

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Deals of the Year 2018 – Middle East

May 1, 2018

The Deals of the Year 2018 winners from the Middle East.

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Portugal’s banks prepare for next wave of challenges

May 1, 2018

Having emerged from bailout and recession, Portugal's banks are gearing up to contend with digitalisation, further regulation and tougher competition in a still-crowded market. Most of them are relying on decent levels of growth, capitalisation and provision for bad loans to see them through, as Peter Wise reports. 

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Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority sets reform example

May 1, 2018

A key component of Saudi Arabia's wide-ranging reforms include modernising the economy, and the Capital Market Authority, led by Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, is in the forefront of driving this change. James King reports.

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Standard Bank benefits from Africa’s purple patch

May 1, 2018

With African economies enjoying a period of stability and growth, Standard Bank has found its DCM expertise in demand from local businesses, such as Helios Towers Africa as it launched its first international bond. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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Loans retain their lustre in Nordic real estate market

May 1, 2018

While Nordic firms are using more bonds, and are keen to diversify their funding base, their preference for bank loans in the real estate sector shows little sign of waning, as Danielle Myles discovers.

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Padoan reflects on negotiating Italy's slow financial recovery

May 1, 2018

As Italy faces yet another change of government, outgoing finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan is optimistic that the country is resilient enough to sustain growth and increase productivity in the coming years. He talked to Silvia Pavoni at the G20 meeting in Argentina. 

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Gecina eases debt after Eurosic acquisition

May 1, 2018

Real estate company Gecina saw its focus on central Paris pay off in 2017, with buoyant demand driving the acquisition of rival office space owner Eurosic. Since then, Gecina has been busy cutting the cost of its debt as part of a long-term strategy, as David Wigan reports.

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Paytm Payments Bank looks to 500 million mark

May 1, 2018

Renu Satti, CEO at the banking arm of India’s largest e-commerce platform, Paytm, tells Stefania Palma how it intends to achieve its ambitious growth plans.

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The US, China and the battle for Latin America

May 1, 2018

Though it may not be evident from Donald Trump's Twitter feed, the US is attempting to wrestle back the trade initiative from China in Latin America. Silvia Pavoni speaks to senior Washington officials responsible for taking on this task.

What's in store for the Top 1000 World Banks in 2018?

Will Chinese banks continue to dominate the top 10? Will western European banks show signs of recovery? Editor Brian Caplen explores the burning questions ahead of the release of The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks 2018 ranking in July.

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UBS is top broker by market cap

May 8, 2018
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The head of UK investment banking at UBS talks to Danielle Myles about London’s changing corporate broking market.

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The ever-rising cost of global regulatory fragmentation

According to a recent study, diverging regulatory frameworks across the world are costing financial institutions $780bn a year – and the bad news is this could get worse. By Justin Pugsley.

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