Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

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Russia plots a pensions revolution

September 1, 2017

As Russia contemplates a restructuring of its creaking pensions system, investors expect a positive effect on the securities market with the introduction of private individual pension capital accounts. However, the market is still immature and many decisions on reform are still to be made. Stefanie Linhardt reports from the International Financial Congress (IFC) in St Petersburg. 

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Top 250 EU Banks ranking: profits and capital down but Austria shines

September 1, 2017

Lenders in the EU's Top 250 Banks ranking have seen an aggregate drop in profits and Tier 1 capital, though Austria's banking sector managed to reverse this trend. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Czech consumer lender Home Credit spreads its wings

August 1, 2017

Jiri Smejc, chief executive of Czech lender Home Credit, tells Stefanie Linhardt why China represents a vital step outside its central European comfort zone.

Russia grasps the nettle on pension reforms

July 24, 2017

The Russian government faces widespread disagreement and scepticism as it takes on the challenge of pensions reform.

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Citi EMEA chief positions for seamless Brexit

July 3, 2017

Having established a Dublin headquarters, Citi's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations are well prepared for Brexit. And a strategic overhaul four years ago tightened up its risk management, leaving it leaner and safer, as the US bank's EMEA head, Jim Cowles, tells Stefanie Linhardt.

Top 1000 World Banks - Resurgent Russian banks dominate in CEE ranking

July 3, 2017

Russian banks dominate the 2017 central and eastern Europe rankings, with more making it into the Top 1000. And while Ukraine’s State Savings Bank has moved up the list, it is the country’s only bank left in the ranking. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Profits in western Europe and Asia fall as Americas and CEE recover

July 3, 2017

The Top 1000 banks’ profits are $2bn down on the 2016 ranking, with western Europe’s decline the most notable. Meanwhile, Latin American banks have increased their share, as Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Leaving London? Charting Europe’s business landscape

June 1, 2017

The UK’s departure from the EU looks set to leave London a less attractive European base for some companies. Stefanie Linhardt examines the reasons to relocate – and the reasons to stay put.

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Ukraine’s obstacle-laden path to progress

May 2, 2017

Ukraine greeted 2017 with cautious optimism, as its GDP ticked up and a banking sector shake-up proved successful. Now a blockade of the separatist east threatens to stall economic recovery, while political complications could slow the reforms crucial to attracting investment. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Ukraine’s banking sector seeks a new normal

May 2, 2017

Recent years have seen a shake-up of Ukraine’s banking sector that has halved the number of institutions in the country and culminated in the nationalisation of its largest lender, Privatbank. Yet challenges remain, with more casualties likely as small and Russian state-owned banks come under scrutiny. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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