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Reform moves at slow pace

July 2, 2007

Public and private sector banks have been restructured on the long journey to banking sector reform, but major challenges remain, writes Nadine Marroushi.

Round two of Nigeria’s

July 2, 2007

The number of players in Nigeria’s banking sector is falling again as a desire to maintain a top 10 listing, as well as a nationwide presence, pushes a new wave of mergers, writes Nick Kochan.

Vote of confidence

July 2, 2007

Nicaragua’s apparently reformed ex-Marxist president is enjoying some success courting private business and international lenders in his quest to combat poverty. Local banks are also doing well. Jane Monahan reports from Managua.

Staffing concerns as markets ride a wave

July 2, 2007

Brazil’s equity markets are booming, with many IPOs, but investor interest may have peaked and finding staff is a real headache. John Rumsey explains.

Securitisation opens way for long-term lending

July 2, 2007

Tapping into the huge and underserved housing market is the next challenge for Brazilian banks. John Rumsey reports on the growth of mortgages and the consequent development of the securitisation market.

Slim pickings for latecomers

July 2, 2007

US investment banks have been slow to enter Brazil’s capital markets, and while they now want in, the major acquisition targets have long gone. Brian Caplen reports.

A landscape of heady days and competition

July 2, 2007

The outcome of the tussle for ABN AMRO will have a decisive effect on the Brazilian banking scene, which is currently dominated by domestic players. John Rumsey reports.

Slovakia flies high

July 2, 2007

After a gradual recovery from communist rule and the economic disarray of the late 1990s, Slovakia’s economy is now taking off, presenting plenty of opportunities for foreign banks. Jan Cienski reports from Bratislava.

Profits among the crumbs

July 2, 2007

New foreign players from HSBC to Poland’s mBank will have to settle for niche roles in a profitable banking market with little room for new entrants, writes Jan Cienski in Prague.

Italy enjoys the ‘Draghi effect’

July 2, 2007

The hands-off approach of Italy’s central bank boss Mario Draghi seems to be paying off as the country is starting to produce continental-scale banks. David Lane reports.

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