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Are foreign banks in Hungary back in profit?


Buoyed by an improving economy and more business-friendly regulation, foreign banks in Hungary could become profitable once more.

Professionalism in banking: time for a race to the top

Improvements in professional culture in banking must come from within, not just from regulatory pressure.

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Spanish banks share in New World ails



Spanish banks looked to Latin America to bolster their profits during the domestic financial crisis, but this could change as the region faces troubles of its own.  

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Repo markets on the wane


With mounting regulation and the collateral drying up, activity in the repo market, the main avenue for short-term financing on Wall Street, is continuing its free-fall. 

Foreign banks in Russia hold up in the recession


Analysts feared that European banks in Russia would suffer as the economy took a downturn but in fact they have fared better than expected.

Sovereign debt weighs on Sweden’s banks


With capital now required for government bond holdings in Sweden, The Banker looks at the sovereign debt exposure at the country’s top four banks.

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Relaxed listing rules help Thailand's corporates defy economic malaise

Despite a drop in exports, Thailand's private sector has been bolstered by a relaxation in market regulations regarding the listing of overseas operations, which has helped the country's corporations to thrive in a low-growth environment.

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Lima Stock Exchange chief: how Peru avoided a downgrade

In September, Peru risked losing its emerging market status and being downgraded to frontier by stock indices provider MSCI. Lima bourse’s chairman, Christian Laub, explains what it would have meant to the country – and how it managed to hold on to its rank.

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The Banker's Top Islamic Financial Institutions ranking: a bump on a path of progress

Despite a fall in total assets, The Banker's 2015 survey of the Top Islamic Financial Institutions indicates that the market is continuing to move in the right direction, with sharia-compliant institutions improving access to and delivery of services, developing microfinance services, and forming stronger strategic partnerships across Asia.


How sustainable are India's public sector banks?

India's public sector banks remain the weakest link in the country's banking industry. How are the central bank's repo rate cut and the government's capital infusions affecting these lenders?

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