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Financial Institutions Sentiment Survey 2016

June 17, 2016

Following a challenging but robust 2015, the UK experienced a turbulent start to 2016. Eyes have been firmly focused on a range of market indicators: from fragile economic growth in China and ongoing weakness in parts of Europe, to oil price and equity market volatility. Added to the ramifications of geopolitical events, many financial institutions have suggested that conditions have echoed the European sovereign debt crisis of 2011 – or possibly even those of the early days of the global financial crisis.

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Chinese banks make retail push

June 16, 2016

As China’s economy slows and corporate debt swells, the country’s banks are turning to retail as a new source of growth. Who is jumping on the bandwagon, and how will banks tap into China’s enormous mass market? Stefania Palma reports.

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Myanmar’s fledgling banking system braces for fintech

June 10, 2016

Myanmar is on the cusp of a mobile and financial technology revolution. How can emerging local banks harness this development? And is the rise of fintech an opportunity or a challenge? Peter Janssen reports.

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The rehabilitation of Austria’s Volksbanken

June 1, 2016

After a scare from the European Central Bank, Austria’s Volksbanken banking consortium has pursued an ambitious strategy of streamlining and consolidation with the aim of returning to profitability and repaying €300m in state aid 

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Austrian province of Carinthia becomes a BRRD test case

June 1, 2016

Hypo Alpe Adria – now known as Heta – is a 'bad bank' from the Austrian region of Carinthia that is the first to be wound down according to the EU's Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. Stefanie Linhardt assesses the situation and looks at who the winners and losers will be.

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Cautious optimism prevails at 2016 Asian Development Bank meeting

June 1, 2016

After a turbulent 2015, faith in Asia’s economies was strong at the Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Frankfurt, despite falling exchange rates and capital outflows. Stefania Palma reports.

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What would a Brexit mean for the City of London?

May 31, 2016

The UK’s relationship with the EU may be coming to an end, with British people voting on whether to leave the bloc on June 23. Silvia Pavoni looks into the uneasy alliance, the financial regulation that clouds the picture and the prospects for the City of London outside the single market. 

New global standards to strengthen bank ethics are needed

May 23, 2016

The professionalism and ethics of individual bankers is too important to be left to each bank on its own: the industry as a whole needs to come together to set new standards, says Simon Thompson.

Leverage ratio piles on the derivatives pain

May 18, 2016

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

UBS still on top in 2016 Wealth and Asset Management Brand Ranking

May 3, 2016

UBS continues to lead The Banker's Wealth and Asset Management Brand Ranking despite its brand losing value over the past year. The Swiss giant is also facing new challenges, with both Wells Fargo and ICBC putting in strong performances.

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