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Top 100 Russian banks ranking 2016: Screws tighten on Russia’s banks

February 1, 2016

While most large Russian banks have managed to hold onto their position relative to each other, they have all suffered significant falls in Tier 1 capital and profits as they find themselves challenged by currency depreciation and difficult market conditions. Written by Matthew Karwacki, research by Valeria Yakutovich.

Bank of the Year Awards 2015 – central and eastern Europe

December 3, 2015

Slow growth across Europe and Western sanctions on Russia coupled to make 2015 a difficult year for many central and eastern European banks but those featured in this year's Bank of the Year awards remained nimble allowing them to produce impressive results.

Sberbank cements its digital future in Russia

Sberbank cements its digital future in Russia

December 1, 2015

A bold new digital strategy is transforming Russian lender Sberbank, creating new efficiencies, boosting revenues and customer numbers, and protecting the Russian institution's majority market share.

Foreign banks in Russia hold up in the recession

November 9, 2015
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Analysts feared that European banks in Russia would suffer as the economy took a downturn but in fact they have fared better than expected.

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Tinkoff spreads its wings

November 2, 2015

Russian lender Tinkoff has fared better than most of its peers during the uncertainty that has engulfed the country's economy in the past 12 months, thanks in no small part to a wide portfolio of products, which take in debit and credit cards, insurance, mortgages and SME servicing. 

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Belarusian banks seek SME and de-dollarisation salvation

November 2, 2015

Belarus has been hit hard by falling oil prices, its heavy dependence on Russian exports and the devaluation of the rouble, which has led to a contraction of the economy. But banks are looking to SME financing – as well as a spell of de-dollarisation – to get the country back on a sound financial footing.

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Belarus deputy economy minister seeks investment to counter external woes

November 2, 2015

Belarus’s first deputy minister of the economy, Alexander Zaborovskiy, explains how a flexible exchange rate scheme and a more attractive investment environment can help the country survive knock-on effects of the economic difficulties facing neighbouring Russia and Ukraine.

Ranks of correspondent banks grow thinner

October 15, 2015
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Correspondent banking remains an important channel for financial flows within the eurozone, but the market is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few institutions

Exposures and connectivity increase as EU banks simplify balance sheets

September 8, 2015

Europe’s banks are increasing their interdependence and shedding complex assets, according to the European Banking Authority.

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Top 250 EU banks ranking 2015: euro depreciation leaves its mark

September 1, 2015

The latest ranking of EU banks shows balance sheets and capital have shrunk for most on the back of a weakening euro, while Spanish banks managed to increase their profitability and specialised banks emerged with the highest returns. 

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