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Brian Caplen blog 2016

A Venezuelan default could be messier than Argentina’s

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Venezuela faces severe economic, social and political instability as the policies of late president Hugo Chávez continue to unravel, leading to fears that the country could be set for a default that is hard-hitting even by Latin American standards, as Brian Caplen writes.

Turkey remains an emerging market flyer

A mixed picture, but Turkey remains an emerging market flyer

May 2, 2016

While Turkey's economic picture is by no means rosy, due in no small part to its political uncertainty and lack of capital, the country remains one of the stronger performing emerging markets, as demonstrated by its impressive bond market activity in 2016.

east Africa's infrastructure gap

Who will fund east Africa's infrastructure shortfall?

May 2, 2016

Although infrastructure across the continent is crying out for investment, the pro-business environment in east Africa makes the region particularly attractive for lenders. However, the challenge for both local and international banks is finding well-structured and bankable deals, as James King discovers.

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Voice recognition

Voice recognition: what your bank needs?

May 2, 2016

Banks are trumpeting their use of voice recognition technology in a way not seen before, using it to demonstrate their innovation credentials and customer centricity. Joy Macknight looks at the ways in which it is being utilised.

Top 100 central and eastern Europe EU banks ranking

Top 100 central and eastern Europe EU banks ranking: Tier 1 capital ebbs as dollar strengthens

May 1, 2016

Bulgarian lenders bucked the trend as Tier 1 capital contracted in most of central and eastern Europe, while Czech institutions retained their status as most profitable banks in the region.

Filling east Africas infrastructure gap

Kenyan banks' east African expansion raise supervisory concerns

May 2, 2016

As trade and co-operation has increased across east Africa, so has cross-border banking, with Kenyan lenders leading the way. But although this move is spreading new technologies and services while increasing competition, are there sufficient supervisory structures in place? James King investigates.

east Africa's infrastructure gap

Who will fund east Africa's infrastructure shortfall?

May 2, 2016

Although infrastructure across the continent is crying out for investment, the pro-business environment in east Africa makes the region particularly attractive for lenders. However, the challenge for both local and international banks is finding well-structured and bankable deals, as James King discovers.

Staying ahead of the slump

South Africa's banks stay ahead of the slump

May 2, 2016

Though South Africa's economy is cooling, its banks are continuing to perform strongly. For some, growth is coming from operations elsewhere in Africa, while for others its is stemming from the domestic market. James King looks at the strategies being employed to keep the country's lenders buoyant in a slow-growth environment.

Rising above Turkeys domestic woes

Turkey’s banks stay healthy amid domestic instability

May 2, 2016

Despite a slowing economy, political turbulence and currency depreciation, Turkey’s banks have remained healthy. But rising costs and falling profitability have some in the industry worried, as Tom Stevenson discovers.

Turkey remains an emerging market flyer

A mixed picture, but Turkey remains an emerging market flyer

May 2, 2016

While Turkey's economic picture is by no means rosy, due in no small part to its political uncertainty and lack of capital, the country remains one of the stronger performing emerging markets, as demonstrated by its impressive bond market activity in 2016.

Cesar Purisima

Reforms built to last: Cesar Purisima looks to leave Philippines legacy

May 2, 2016

The Philippines has grown to have some of the strongest economic fundamentals in south-east Asia, thanks in no small part to the economic policies rolled out by finance secretary Cesar Purisima over the past six years. He talks to Stefania Palma.

Riccardo Orcel

How Russia’s VTB Capital has grown domestically and internationally

May 2, 2016

Riccardo Orcel, the head of global banking at VTB Capital, speaks to Stefanie Linhardt about cultivating the bank’s domestic Russian operation and taking an idiosyncratic approach to growing business in global markets. 

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Slovenian banks return to profitability

May 5, 2016

 

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After five years of losses, the Slovenian banking sector is back in the black.

Monthly preview: London's Brexit future

 
The Banker's Silvia Pavoni and Stefanie Linhardt discuss Brexit and its potential impact on the City of London ahead of the UK vote on June 23rd.

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Leverage ratio piles on the derivatives pain

A 'small' modification to the standardised method for measuring over-the-counter derivatives exposures threatens yet another layer of costs for banks.

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