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Top 1000 World Banks 2015

Top 1000 World Banks 2015: A new global picture

Greece aside, European banks have sustained a recovery in their performance in the 2015 ranking. But the willingness of the largest European players to act as global banks is clearly declining and emerging market champions are not quite ready to assume the cross-border mantle just yet.

Top 1000 World Banks – Asset quality problems dog European lenders

Asset quality at European banks is slowly improving, but the situation in countries such as Cyprus, Greece and Italy continues to cause concern.

Top 1000 World Banks – Asia-Pacific dips but still dominates global profit share

Western Europe increased its share of global banking profits in the 2015 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, but while Asia-Pacific saw its share decline slightly, it still dominates on this score.

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Armenian banks braced for difficult year

Armenian banks braced for difficult year

Stringent capital requirements set by the Central Bank of Armenia will test many of the country's banks, which are already struggling in a slowing economy. But for those that already meet the new standards, the opportunities arising from possible consolidation could provide a much-needed avenue to growth.

Spanish lenders transition from stability back to growth

Spanish lenders transition from stability back to growth

The Spanish economy's recovery is benefiting the country's banks, which are reporting increased profits and ambitious plans for growth.

Postal Savings Bank of China grows from strength to strength

Postal Savings Bank of China grows from strength to strength

The Postal Savings Bank of China has already stunned the market with its remarkable ascent since its establishment in 2007. Now, talks of an initial public offering, sustained growth and diversification of its business are making the bank's extraordinary rise even more impressive. Stefania Palma explores these new developments.

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Connecting a continent: the rise of Africa's payment systems

Africa's regional payments systems, such as Siress, are flourishing and are expected to play a growing role in the continent's economic growth, particularly as intra-African trade picks up.

Indian banks in 2015

The state of play: India’s banks in 2015

The Indian government may be keen for consolidation in the banking sector – driven by a desire to see the country's lenders figure among the world's largest banks – but internal resistance to such changes, from bank employees and their unions in particular, continue to thwart such activity. On top of this, India's lenders are struggling with non-performing assets, which has proved a blight on their profits over the past 12 months.  

Forces at play to reshape Indian banking sector

Forces at play to reshape Indian banking sector

With state funding on the decline, and new technologies and more stringent regulation both increasing, the Indian banking sector is undergoing a significant period of change. New players are entering the market, making it even more difficult for the state-owned banks, which are already struggling with deteriorating asset quality and incoming capital adequacy targets.

Puerto Ricos banks enter survival mode

Puerto Rico's banks enter survival mode

Growth in Puerto Rico's economy is sluggish, and its banks have been struggling to find profitable areas. However, a round of mergers and acquisitions – some of them enforced – and opportunities overseas mean that the island's lenders are finding some ways to expand.

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A smaller focus: what the future holds for GE Capital

GE Capital was once responsible for more than half General Electric’s profit. So why is the conglomerate busy dismantling the international assets of its financial arm?

Germany sticks to the script

Germany sticks to the script

Many German banks had their fingers badly burnt in the financial crisis, having disastrously expanded into areas such as Spanish real estate and global shipping. As a result, the country's private banks, sparkassen and landesbanken have largely reverted to type, happy with unspectacular but predictable growth in an oversaturated domestic market.

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Al Baraka chief looks to a bigger and more harmonised Islamic finance market

Adnan Ahmed Yousif, the president and chief executive of Bahrain-based Al Baraka Banking Group, believes that the scope for international expansion for Islamic finance is huge, and that improved oversight combined with scholarly jurisprudence is the key to a more harmonious global structure in the market.

Argentina continues to walk a default tightrope

Argentina continues to walk a default tightrope

It is becoming less and less likely that Argentina will resolve its dispute with international investors over its 2002 default before its presidential election in October. The question is, will the country drift further apart from the international investor community, or will the next government bring about the structural reforms markets are impatient to see?

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G-SIBs threatened with higher leverage ratio

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A higher leverage ratio requirement would prove a challenge to 13 global systematically important banks.

No euro, no Greece?

 
 
What is the future for Greece? Talking from Athens, Nikolaos Georgikopoulos, senior research fellow at the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) and visiting research professor at NYU - Stern School of Business shares his views with The Banker's Europe editor Stefanie Linhardt.  

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