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Q&A with Esther Puigcercós Font, general manager, Associació de Bancs Andorrans (Andorran Banking Association)

February 1, 2017

The general manager of the Andorran Banking Association, Esther Puigcercós Font, tells Stefanie Linhardt how the country's banks are becoming more transparent, and explains how they are adhering to EU standards despite the country not being a member of the union.

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Andorra finance minister continues on steady path to stability

February 1, 2017

Andorra’s finance minister, Jordi Cinca, explains to Stefanie Linhardt how budget consolidation and investment in tourist infrastructure are aiding the country’s slow but steady recovery from recession.

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The battle after Brexit: which European IFCs will benefit?

February 1, 2017

With the UK government’s deadline for triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty approaching, The Banker looks at the European financial centres set to gain the most from London’s potential estrangement from the European financial scene.

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Andorra aims for a different peak

February 1, 2017

Principally renowned for its mountainous terrain and skiing resorts, Andorra is now looking for new ways to achieve year-round revenue raising. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Andorra strives to make itself noticed on an international stage

February 1, 2017

Andorra is attempting to raise its profile on the international stage by drawing attention to its increasing transparency and attractively low taxes. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

Basel IV: down but not out

January 29, 2017

The finalisation of the Basel accords has been delayed, leading to the very real possibility that global agreements on financial regulation could be left up in the air.

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Ludger Schuknecht: Fiscal normality must be the focus

January 3, 2017

The risks of blind fiscal expansion to generate growth are too great. The priority should fall upon fiscal consolidation and improving the quality of public finances instead.

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A QE salvation for Greece?

January 3, 2017

There is cautious optimism that Greece's economy will return to growth in 2017, though much could happen over the next 12 months to quell these hopes. However, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, great importance is being attached to the country being given access to the ECB's quantitative easing programme.

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Can institutional investor and multilateral co-investment meet infrastructure needs?

January 3, 2017

Risk-averse institutional investors have historically shied away from large-scale infrastructure investments in emerging markets, but new collaborations with multilateral institutions are now tempting public and private institutions into such projects. Stefania Palma reports.

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Greek banks pin turnaround hopes on NPL resolution

January 3, 2017

With deposits in Greek banks down substantially and unlikely to return soon, a top priority is to reduce the country’s non-performing loan burden, writes Stefanie Linhardt. 

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