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Polish banks face blow to profits

April 1, 2016

An influx of taxes on the Polish banking sector, increasingly levels of regulation and 2015's collapse of SK Bank are threatening to add up to a large bill for the country's banks – meaning that profits are under threat. 

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Slovenia CBG looks to keep up recovery momentum

March 1, 2016

Slovenia's economy was in a precarious position, even by current European standards, as recently as 2013. The country's central bank governor, Boštjan Jazbec, explains how a return to health has been achieved through methods that were not universally popular.

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Slovenia's small steps towards recovery

March 1, 2016

While consolidation is likely to change the face of Slovenia’s banking system in the coming years, in the near term issues with low profitability are top of the agenda. And, despite the creation of a bad bank to expunge the problem of non-performing loans, many banks still have a far from healthy loan book.

Bank levy in Poland: in Hungary’s footsteps

February 12, 2016
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Polish lenders are now subject to a bank tax similar to the one introduced by Hungary in 2010. How have Hungarian lenders fared under the highest bank levy in the western world?

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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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