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Turkish banks wait for stability

May 2, 2017

With last year’s failed coup followed by a radical change in powers for Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, uncertainty is the watchword for Turkish banks. With a tumbling currency and pressure to cut interest rates, their outlook looks set to remain challenging. David O’Byrne and Stefanie Linhardt report.

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Turkey’s TEB reaps online early-mover reward

May 2, 2017

As one of the first banks to venture into digital banking in Turkey, Turkiye Ekonomi Bank is enjoying the benefits of early investment, as Gökhan Mendi, senior assistant general manager, retail and private banking group, tells David O’Byrne.

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Mauritius sets out stall to become go-to southern IFC

May 2, 2017

Despite its major business partner India renegotiating a tax agreement, and mutterings of tax haven status, Mauritius has thrived as a regional financial centre. Now it is positioning itself as the southern hemisphere’s IFC of preference. James King reports.

Turkish vote could bode badly for banks

May 2, 2017

The outcome of the Turkish referendum to hand broader powers to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is causing ripples of worry regarding the country's banks.

Istanbul and Moscow lead emerging European IFCs

May 2, 2017

Istanbul attracted the most financial services FDI within the 'emerging Europe' region, while Moscow was the leader for outward FDI.

ECB pushes case for internal models

April 26, 2017

The European Central Bank is undertaking a major project to ensure the internal models used by eurozone banks work properly. A useful spin-off could be to tackle the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s scepticism over their use, as Justin Pugsley reports.

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Will Turkey's turbulence abate?

April 10, 2017

Following a stormy 2016 blighted by a failed coup and a spate of terror attacks, Turkey's weakened economy has shown signs of recovery. But with a divisive referendum campaign dominating the first months of 2017, questions about the recovery's resilience remain. David O'Byrne reports.

Myanmar finds small solutions are best as microfinance fills funding gap

April 4, 2017

Microfinance is coming to the rescue in Myanmar as the country’s nascent capital markets struggle to meet its funding needs. Nikkei staff writer Yukako Ono reports.

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Top 100 Asean Banks: Singapore stays strong but Cambodia on the rise

April 3, 2017

Though Singapore’s ‘big three’ continue to take the top spots in The Banker’s Top 100 Asean Banks ranking, the more notable performances come from lenders in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Stefania Palma reports.

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Portugal's economy defies the odds and the critics

April 3, 2017

The left-wing coalition government of Portuguese prime minister António Costa has silenced critics with what has so far been an effective financial policy. Now it must convince the ratings agencies and Portugal’s international creditors. Peter Wise reports.

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