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Giorgi Kadagidze

Giorgi Kadagidze: stabilising Georgia's currency climate

July 1, 2015

In an economy that is highly dollarised and in which the local currency has gone through a bout of devaluation, Georgia's central bank governor, Giorgi Kadagidze, has his work cut out. However, in taking a long-term approach, rather than looking for any quick fixes, he is confident that the country can achieve its currency goals.

Armenian banks braced for difficult year

Armenian banks braced for difficult year

July 1, 2015

Stringent capital requirements set by the Central Bank of Armenia will test many of the country's banks, which are already struggling in a slowing economy. But for those that already meet the new standards, the opportunities arising from possible consolidation could provide a much-needed avenue to growth.

Top 1000 World Banks – Rouble devaluation causes CEE ranking shake-up

June 29, 2015

Russian banks still account for the top three positions in the central and eastern European ranking, but their positions have been weakened after a tough year for the country's economy.

CEE a growing market for private equity

Central and eastern Europe: a growing market for private equity

June 1, 2015

Private equity investment in central and eastern Europe could be set to increase as investors look to capture the region’s potential as its economies return to growth. 

CEE caught between eurozone bulls and Russian bears

May 26, 2015

Countries in central and eastern Europe are being split in terms of their economic outlook, with Russia in deep recession but other countries benefiting from the low oil price. 

Austrian banks’ profits in CEE hit all-time low

May 22, 2015
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For years, Austrian lenders Erste Bank and Raiffeisen Bank have enjoyed strong profits at their central and eastern European operations, but with growth in these economies slowing, more recent results suggest that they may need to rethink their strategies in the region.  

Russian banks: exposure to dollar loans

May 14, 2015
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While the rapid devaluation of the rouble may have slowed, top Russian banks are still exposed to US dollar-denominated loans.

Implementing reform Ukrainian style

Implementing reform Ukrainian style

April 30, 2015

Ukraine’s banking crisis extends far further than the country's recent troubles, says James Hydzik, but finally the central bank is cleaning up the sector and bringing banks to heel. 

Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking

Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking: Poland and Czech Republic hold sway

April 30, 2015

Central and eastern European banks in the EU faced a sluggish 2013, but Poland led the region in terms of growth and the Czech Republic in terms of returns. Baltic banks are also starting to rise to the challenge.

Elvira Nabiullina

Elvira Nabiullina: fortifying Russia's economy

April 30, 2015

Russia’s central bank governor, Elvira Nabiullina, talks to The Banker about what is being done to address the inflation and devaluation of the rouble and the tools she is using to fortify the country’s economy against external shocks. 

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