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Bank of the Year Awards 2014 – global and regional winners

The best of the best are celebrated as The Banker crowns the global Bank of the Year, and hands out the laurels for our regional winners and the lender that has excelled the most when it comes to financial inclusion.

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Bank of the Year Awards 2014 – western Europe

The best banks in 2014 from western Europe.

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EU’s relaxed approach opens transatlantic liquidity gap

The EU has introduced a liquidity coverage ratio for banks that is noticeably weaker than its US equivalent.

Icelands tale of two banking stories

Iceland's tale of two banking stories

Iceland's banking sector has recovered impressively from its 2008 collapse, and the banks formed from the ashes of that period are performing well. However, the clouds of the past still linger, and the winding-up processes of the failed Kaupthing, Glitnir and Landsbanki are still to be resolved.

CFTC offers olive branch to Europe

CFTC offers olive branch to Europe

The new commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has pledged to replace existing regulation with more cross-border friendly rules. Will it be enough to reverse the fragmentation of the global market? 

Sukuk sheds its niche status

The growth of 'hard' currency sukuk issuance is pushing the market to the next level, as new issuers and new investors flock to the sharia-compliant finance space to capitalise on the growth prospects of emerging economies in the Gulf and Asia. 

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The fundamental rules for new regulation

For new regulation to be effective, it must be adaptable to new innovations, strike the balance between simplicity and complexity, and be coherent across sectors and regions, according to Andreas Dombret of the Deutsche Bundesbank.

Carlo Messina

Why Europe needs a Comprehensive Assessment

The European – and indeed global – economy is facing a crucial six months. Central to this is the European Central Bank's Comprehensive Assessment, which will go a long way to boosting confidence within the EU.

The offshore renminbi bond market's road to sophistication

Despite the plunge in the value of the renminbi earlier this year and growing concerns over China's long-term growth, the offshore renminbi bond market shows no signs of slowing down. Issuance volumes continue increasing annually, but most importantly the market is becoming more sophisticated.

What now for investment banks

What now for investment banks?

Investment banks have experienced huge changes since the global financial crisis and are still struggling to adapt their business models. But while the industry might have to make do with much lower returns in future, it is far from being on its knees. 

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