Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

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.

Daiwa makes US and Europe push

Daiwa makes US and Europe push

August 1, 2013

The first yen issue for Slovakia since 1994, a debut Finnish non-sovereign samurai bond deal and a growing number of dollar mandates are raising the profile of the debt capital markets team at Japan's Daiwa

Andris Vilks

Finance minister brings Latvia in from the cold

July 1, 2013

The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year for Europe 2013 won his award thanks to a successful and determined fiscal adjustment programme. He explains how moving early is now allowing Latvia to look beyond austerity.

Change of pace: the National Bank of Slovakia (pictured) expects Slovakia’s economic growth to slow in 2013, which will dampen prospects in the banking sector

Slovak banks struggle to maintain success story

July 1, 2013

Slovakia's banks are a rare bright spot in a crisis-strewn eurozone with their strong balance sheets, but they are not immune from falling external demand and tax hikes.

High-frequency trading: a game-changer for markets?

July 1, 2013

High-frequency trading has changed the way equities, and to a lesser extent, other assets, are traded. This makes many involved in trading nervous, and they have every reason to be.

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