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A bumpy ride on the Cypriot road to recovery

A bumpy ride on Cyprus's road to recovery

February 1, 2016

Things are looking up for banks in Cyprus, as the financial sector and economy recover. But a difficult journey still lies ahead with NPLs still high and calls for consolidation among the country's banks growing louder.

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Haitong eyes further expansion after buying Portugal's BESI

February 1, 2016

Two months after finalising Haitong Securities' acquisition of Novo Banco's investment banking unit, now called Haitong Bank, the parent company's deputy CEO and the UK head of the new bank talk about the acquisition, their international growth plans and what a jittery renminbi means to them. 

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Have PPPs reached a dead end in western Europe?

February 1, 2016

A dearth of greenfield infrastructure opportunities combined with unsupportive governments have burst the public-private partnership bubble in western Europe, with deal flow decreasing dramatically from its peak in 2007. Stefanie Linhardt reports on whether this trend will prove to be terminal.

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Italian private banks get a makeover to win asset-rich clients

February 1, 2016

Low interest rates and global market volatility are encouraging Italians to demand better returns from their private banks. How are wealth managers responding? Silvia Pavoni reports.

London on top in stagnant Europe for inward financial investment

February 1, 2016

London is the top performer in a far-from vintage year for attracting foreign investment to European financial centres, as well as being the leader for outbound investment.

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A more positive picture for Greece and its banks

January 25, 2016

There is a real chance that the Greek economy could recover significantly in 2016 following the successful recapitalisation of its main banks late last year, but first the country must take some important steps, not least regaining the trust of foreign investors, according to John (Iannis) Mourmouras, the senior deputy governor of the Bank of Greece.

Benchmark rules stumble at last hurdle

January 25, 2016

A technical flaw in the EU’s rules to prevent financial benchmark manipulation could impose a disproportionate burden on commodity price reporting agencies.

European banks quicker to cut staff than US lenders

January 14, 2016
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Since the 2008 financial crisis, European banks have shed a significantly higher proportion of their workforce than their counterparts in the US. 

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Andreas Dombret's four principles of good banking conduct

January 4, 2016

Banks have seen their reputations plummet in the years since the onset of the financial crisis, and regaining the public's trust is of paramount importance. By instilling a code of conduct – and including four principles of good conduct within that – financial institutions can start on that journey.

Getting eurozone deposit insurance right promises benefits

January 4, 2016

The knee-jerk reaction from Germany overlooks the potential benefits of an EU-wide deposit insurance scheme for the whole European banking system.

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