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G-SIBs threatened with higher leverage ratio

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A higher leverage ratio requirement would prove a challenge to 13 global systematically important banks.

Germany sticks to the script

Germany sticks to the script

Many German banks had their fingers badly burnt in the financial crisis, having disastrously expanded into areas such as Spanish real estate and global shipping. As a result, the country's private banks, sparkassen and landesbanken have largely reverted to type, happy with unspectacular but predictable growth in an oversaturated domestic market.

Michael Reuther

Commerzbank's old hand with a fresh outlook

Commerzbank corporates and markets chief Michael Reuther has nearly 30 years of banking experience, yet his appetite for innovation still burns strongly, as his work to 'industrialise' the German lender's investment bank shows.

Spanish lenders transition from stability back to growth

Spanish lenders transition from stability back to growth

The Spanish economy's recovery is benefiting the country's banks, which are reporting increased profits and ambitious plans for growth.

Germany takes bold step into inflation market

The German government chose a period of heightened eurozone bond volatility to issue its first 30-year inflation-linked bund, but exceeded expectations in what was an unfamiliar market.

Top 1000 World Banks – Tier 1 declines causes shake up in western Europe

HSBC remains western Europe's largest lender, but it is all change elsewhere in the ranking, as capital declines across numerous institutions causes movement among the largest lenders.

The top five banks in Turkey

Top 5 ungrouped turkish banks

With political uncertainty hanging over Turkey following its June general election, The Banker ranks the top five local banks by Tier 1 capital. 

Provisioning in Italian banks: not quick enough

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While non-performing loans in Italy are at the historical peak, provisioning coverage is not. 

Andorra acts to save banking reputation

Andorra acts to save banking reputation

Accusations of money laundering levelled at Banca Privada d’Andorra by the US authorities threatened to destabilise the country's banking sector, so the government had to act quickly to contain the crisis. Now, Andorran authorities are keen to show that this was an isolated case and that the wider banking sector is both closely governed and performing successfully. 

Oxford college learns new tricks

Oxford college breaks new ground with bond issuance

University College, one of oldest colleges at Oxford University, has taken advantage of the near-zero rate environment to issue the lowest-yielding university bond ever recorded.

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