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Austrian banks’ profits in CEE hit all-time low

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For years, Austrian lenders Erste Bank and Raiffeisen Bank have enjoyed strong profits at their central and eastern European operations, but with growth in these economies slowing, more recent results suggest that they may need to rethink their strategies in the region.  

The top five Spanish banks

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As the Spanish banks are seeking to expand with acquisitions abroad, bolstered by recovery at home, The Banker assesses the local top five banks by Tier 1 capital. 

Russian banks: exposure to dollar loans

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While the rapid devaluation of the rouble may have slowed, top Russian banks are still exposed to US dollar-denominated loans.

The top five UK banks

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With the UK general election being held on May 7, The Banker takes a look at the country's banking landscape, ranking the top five UK banks by Tier 1 capital.

US banks and rising interest rates: a balancing act

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As the US's economic recovery picks up steam, the Federal Reserve has tapered purchases of debt securities and expects to raise interest rates later this year. First quarter results of the largest US commercial banks show that they are more than prepared for the challenges that will follow.

Kyrgyzstan's banks: suffering from growing pains?

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Kyrgyzstan’s banks are trying to expand their customer base, but will this impact upon their performance?

Asean capital markets integration: around the corner?

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As the Association of South-east Asian Nations enters the last year in the run-up to its planned economic integration, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are on track to harmonise their capital markets, while others are dragging their feet.

UK banks' 2014 results show lenders going back to basics

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As the UK's big four lenders release their 2014 results, Matthew Karwacki reports on the insights that these figures offer into the lender's business models. 

How Azerbaijan kept up its economic ascent

For more than a decade, Azerbaijan’s economy has enjoyed unbridled growth. On the 15th anniversary of it becoming one of the Asian Development Bank's member states, The Banker takes an in-depth look at its success story.  

Squeezing income: the impact of QE on interest income

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Quantitative easing, the long-awaited European Central Bank initiative, has finally arrived. The programme might spell narrower interest margins for European banks, but Deutsche Bank and Rabobank have both managed to increase their net interest incomes. 

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