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Carlo Messina: turning Intesa Sanpaolo around

After reporting the bank’s best half-year results, Intesa Sanpaolo’s chief executive Carlo Messina is upbeat about its future in Italy, thanks to booming wealth management and life insurance businesses, and growth opportunities in some of its central and eastern European subsidiaries.

Can snap elections bring much-needed stability to Turkey?

Turkey’s once mighty economic growth is slowing, as the country feels the impact of a hung parliament, geopolitical tensions in the region and the low oil price, leaving many hoping that snap elections called for November will bring with them some much needed stability.

From World / Africa

Top 100 Arab Banks 2015: another strong year

Banks across the Arab world continue to perform well despite the turbulent political environment, according to The Banker’s Top 100 Arab banks ranking. 


South Korea's capital markets advance with caution

South Korea’s booming capital markets and robust legislation show that the Asian crisis of 1997 had some beneficial long-term effects, which even neighbouring China’s recent wobbles cannot derail.

Norinchukin Bank looks overseas to escape Japanese torpor

The poor state of Japan's farmland, fishing grounds and forests should spell bad news for the co-operative financial operation that traditionally caters to these fields – Norinchukin Bank. However, as its CEO explains, the lender's overseas activities and the country's thirst for innovation have seen it post record profits recently.


Beyond the big three: how Japan's smaller banks are faring

Aside from its three mega-banks, Japan has a financial network that includes shinkin banks, co-operative banks and city and regional institutions. Stefania Palma explores how each is responding to Japan’s economic slowdown given their different mandates, structures and resources.

From World / Africa / Egypt

Will Suez Canal expansion live up to Egypt's expectations?

The speed with which Egypt completed its Suez Canal expansion has given observers confidence that the country’s ambitious SCZone plan really could become the economic powerhouse the government envisions.

Good, but could be great: wealth management in South Korea

South Korea has a large and vibrant wealth management sector, but it has yet to reach its full potential. Michael Imeson speaks to industry experts to assess how the country and its domestic financial institutions can bridge the gap between them and their Asia-Pacific peers.

From World / Africa / Nigeria

Nigeria’s problems pile up

Weak GDP growth, jittery investors, tumbling oil prices: Nigeria’s banking sector is a challenging place to be as the central bank introduces some controversial regulatory measures

From World / Africa / Nigeria

Nigeria's economy hits a bump in the road

Nigeria's economic growth has slowed over the past year, and delays in naming a cabinet by new president Muhammadu Buhari are doing little to restore confidence in the country. However, the long-term prospects for Africa's largest economy remain strong.

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