Latest articles from Western Europe

Basel trading book review: what’s the rush?

The Basel Committee’s fundamental review of the trading book is an immensely complicated task, and tight deadlines have the banks in a panic.

Chrystalla Georghadji

Cyprus reborn: CBG looks to a bright banking future

Restructured and recapitalised, the Cypriot banking sector has emerged from its recent crisis more resilient and far more stable, according to the country's central bank governor, Chrystalla Georghadji.

Portuguese banks weather the storm

Portuguese banks weather the storm

Portugal’s banks may be battling an economic downturn and the after-effects of the Banco Espírito Santo collapse, but they are still preparing for a return to profitability. 

Europe pushed to go its own way on securitisation

Europe pushed to go its own way on securitisation

The European Commission’s drive towards a capital markets union could mean easing capital rules for securitisation ahead of an ongoing Basel Committee review.

Portugal economy

On the up: but is Portugal's economic recovery here to stay?

Portugal has endured a painful economic rescue programme following its bail-out, but now markets are slowly recognising that the country's economy has bottomed out and growth is forecast. 

Jaguar leaps on chance to refinance bonds

Jaguar leaps on chance to refinance bonds

With an improved credit rating and strong demand for high-yield bonds, the time was right for Anglo-Indian car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover to drive through a tender offer to replace expensive debt.

EU settlement discipline could push bond markets over the edge

Proposals for the mandatory buy-in of securities if trades fail to settle could drive market-makers out of the market.

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer

How Turkish banks have grown from the inside out

Much of the success of the Turkish banking sector is down to the internal practices of individual lenders, says Akbank chairperson Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, which means that the sector can expect to remain resilient, even when wider economic conditions are not in its favour. 

CEE reels from Swiss franc exposure

CEE reels from Swiss franc exposure

As the Swiss National Bank removed its cap against the euro, the risk of borrowing in foreign currencies was made clear, as countries that had been busily borrowing in the Swiss franc reeled at the impact of its sudden appreciation. 

Eurozone meltdown

Eurozone meltdown: how can it be avoided?

As the need to resolve the eurozone crisis intensifies, member states seem to be moving further apart on key issues, including the architecture of the union and the terms of Greece's bail-out package. But while political rifts open up, many economists agree that the only way forward is by working towards greater economic integration. 

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