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Squabble over pension fees and net returns

April 2, 2007

Trouble is brewing for the Mexican government as it attempts to overhaul the country’s pension fund system. Theresa Braine reports from Mexico City.

Eyes on the retail prize

April 2, 2007

With the retail market key, Malaysian banks are placing great emphasis on cross-selling while rolling out simple technologies that improve service. Dan Barnes reports.

Manila focuses on middle market

April 2, 2007

With larger companies shifting to China, Filipino banks have been focusing on their retail clients as well as the mid-sized enterprise market. Dan Barnes reports.

A new dawn for banking

April 2, 2007

With oil deposits discovered and tourism and FDI booming, Nick Freeman reports from Phnom Penh on the nascent development of Cambodia’s banking sector.

Indian microfinance

April 2, 2007

The demand for microcredit loans in India is estimated at about Rs600bn ($13.5bn), four-fifths of which is met by informal finance or money lenders. With about a third of its billion-strong population still living in poverty, India is one of the largest markets for microfinance.

The hard work begins

April 2, 2007

With EU accession and a strengthening economy, Romanians may be increasingly positive about their future, but tough challenges remain. Neil Tyler reports.

Latvians seek growth at home and abroad

April 2, 2007

Competition for market share is tightening in Latvia’s banking sector. Some institutions are seeking organic growth at home, others are looking abroad for expansion opportunities. James Hydzik reports.

Spanish bulls on a run

April 2, 2007

Can greater efficiency gains be made by Spain’s cost-effective banks – and will their forays into Anglo-Saxon markets succeed? Karina Robinson reports from Madrid.

Prospects look rosy for capital markets

April 2, 2007

With increasingly vibrant bond markets, and healthy M&A and IPO pipelines, the recovery of German real estate and the launch of REITs could be the icing on the cake. Geraldine Lambe reports.

AHBR’s Turnaround: restructuring in action

April 2, 2007

With Allgemeine Hypothekenbank Rheinboden’s (AHBR) balance sheet of about €75bn – about two-thirds in public sector loans and a third in mortgage loans – Lone Star first had to negotiate a large liquidity facility to replace the emergency measures provided by the German banks and backed by the deposit protection system.

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