Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

Central reservations

June 6, 2005

During the Russian Economic Forum, in April, deputy head of the Central Bank of Russia, Alexei Ulyukayev, who is in charge of Russia’s monetary policy, spoke to The Banker about the bank’s strategy.
Q Will the CBR target inflation as well as the exchange rate this year?
A The CBR has never publicly said it would target the exchange rates.

High-yield temptation

May 2, 2005

Russia’s ratings upgrade has caused a surge of interest in corporate Eurobonds from investors hungry for yield. Ben Aris reports on activity in the country’s bond markets.
In the offices of Moscow City State Debt Committee, the body that organises all of the Russian capital’s debt issues, outsized cheques for hundreds of millions of dollars and euros hang on the wall – money that chairman Sergei Pakhomov has raised for the city.

Russians take the plunge

May 2, 2005

There has been an explosive rise in company flotations in Russia and plans are afoot to reform the market infrastructure to make IPOs easier. Ben Aris reports.

Competition drives M&A

May 2, 2005

Competition is the main reason for Russian companies to buy others and realising value is the main reason to sell.Ben Aris reports from Moscow.

Intesa to buy 75% stake in Russian SME lender

May 2, 2005

Banca Intesa, Italy’s largest bank, has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire a 75% stake in Russia’s Small Business Credit Bank (KMB), a leading provider of lending and leasing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

US cash surges in

May 2, 2005

US investments have helped to put Serbia on the right track, reports Eric Jansson.

Takeover trend

May 2, 2005

Serbia’s moribund banking system is getting a new lease of life as international banks go shopping. Eric Jansson reports from Belgrade.

Serbia's banking sector is gaining confidence

May 2, 2005

The reforming government of Vojislav Kostunica seems to have convinced the international community that Serbia has left its turbulent past behind. But regional tensions remain, and there is still much to be done. 

Serbian banking sector: Due for revival

May 2, 2005

The Serbian banking sector is working hard to put the setbacks of recent years behind it. Marianne Kager and Sándor Gardó report on progress so far.

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