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How banks make their money

January 6, 2011

Have banks boosted their return on assets, or has profitability risen purely due to increased leverage? More than 20 years of data from The Banker can help provide an insight. Writer Philip Alexander, data research by Guillaume Hingel

New financial centres find asset management biggest challenge

December 23, 2010

Despite continued economic uncertainty in developed markets, emerging-market financial centres are growing in strength, with expanding foreign exchange markets and inward portfolio investment. However, when it comes to asset management, it could take generations for even the largest ascendant financial centres to catch up with their more established rivals. Writer Charles Piggott

Still on top: Mitsubishi UFJ is Japan's biggest bank by some distance

Poor conditions stymie Japanese momentum

December 8, 2010

Japanese banks have put themselves on a more solid footing, shown in particular by the performance of Mitsubishi UFJ, but the sluggish economy means their achievements have yet to reach spectacular levels. Writer Brian Caplen

Trouble in paradise

Under fire but fighting back

December 8, 2010

Investment into Caribbean offshore financial centres has fallen in recent years but is now picking up. However, these centres are also under international pressure over their tax and transparency arrangements, a criticism many of them view as unfair. Writer Silvia Pavoni

Latin American banks go from strength to strength

November 24, 2010

Brazilian institutions retain the top places in this year's Latin American rankings, but competition is getting fiercer as the region's banks increase in confidence and muscle.


A tale of two centres

November 24, 2010

From Hong Kong to London, established global financial centres are looking to reinvent themselves as Islamic finance hubs and capture a slice of a fast-growing and still largely untapped market.

France and Canada target Islamic markets

November 24, 2010

Many countries are bidding to build Islamic finance hubs; France and Canada are no exception, but each is taking a very different course.


Arab banks shrug off global pressures

September 29, 2010

A banker dealing with a phone enquiry at National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, which tops The Banker's Arab banks ranking this year.


Eyes east

August 30, 2010

As uncertainty continues to dog Western markets, Asia-Pacific financial centres are seizing their opportunity and increasingly drawing business away from their more established rivals. Michelle Price reports.


Hong Kong benefits from China's dynamism

August 30, 2010

As mainland China continues to develop its capital markets, Hong Kong is well placed to pick up new cross-border trade and help facilitate the internationalisation of the renminbi.

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