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Stable footing: Lithuanian banking is dominated by Scandinavian lenders such as Sweden’s Swedbank

Lithuania looks towards steadier growth

November 1, 2013

After a deep recession and housing bust in 2008 and a number of subsequent corporate governance crises, Lithuanian banks are finally returning to a steady footing, helped in no small measure by the presence of risk-averse Scandinavian lenders in the country.

Elvira Nabiullina

Challenges and opportunities for Russia's evolving central bank

October 1, 2013

A new inflation targeting framework, efforts to improve the supply of credit and the implementation of Basel III all pose challenges for the Bank of Russia, as well as opportunities to modernise the country's financial system.

Jumping ship: the decreasing value of the rouble has caused some domestic savers to convert their assets into foreign currency

Belarus banks hit more turbulence

October 1, 2013

With inflation still high following a financial crisis in 2011, there are growing signs that Belarusian banks may need to brace for a further round of currency depreciation and asset quality deterioration.

Target2-Securities

Target2-Securities: a hit or miss for Europe?

September 2, 2013

European securities will soon be settled on a central IT platform – Target2 Securities (T2S) – as part of the European Central Bank's initiative to harmonise post-trade standards. With the first wave of implementation scheduled for 2015, Duygu Tavan investigates how the T2S project is progressing and its consequences for the securities industry.

Slovenia faces up to economic reforms

Slovenia faces up to economic reforms

September 2, 2013

With its sovereign rating downgraded and its banks maintaining heavy losses, will Slovenia’s strategy of creating a bad bank and recapitalising its lenders pay off? And how can banks escape the poor lending culture that brought them low in the first place? 

SAP and Swift: vying for connectivity

SAP and Swift: vying for connectivity?

September 2, 2013

Technology provider SAP has built a single-channel, multi-service cloud network that already has the endorsement of numerous large banks. With Swift also exerting its presence in the market, the two business models are not so much mutually exclusive, but supplementary. Welcome to the era of co-operative competition.

Top 250 EU Banks ranking: Few bright spots

September 2, 2013

Western European banks still dominate the EU bank rankings in terms of Tier 1 capital, with the UK's HSBC coming out on top. But, there is very little to celebrate, with many institutions recording losses and grappling with high non-performing loan ratios.

New regime loosens grip on Russian banks

August 27, 2013

The Central Bank of Russia’s new governor has overseen a relaxation in the capital requirements proposed to implement the country’s version of Basel III. 

Russian leader seeks out new frontiers

Russian leader seeks out new frontiers

August 1, 2013

VTB Capital is already established as Russia’s largest investment bank. Bulgarian national Atanas Bostandjiev explains the state-owned bank's plans to expand its activities into new markets.

Consolidation pressure builds for Serbian banks

Consolidation pressure builds for Serbian banks

August 1, 2013

Subdued growth prospects and the uncertain future of some foreign parent banks looks set to impel the Serbian banking sector toward fewer, stronger players.

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