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Irish banks bounce back

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The half-year results for 2015 confirm the recovery of Ireland's lenders. 

Europe needs a proportionate rethink on bank regulation

EU bank regulation should be applied consistently on a proportionate basis that reflects the size and business model of the banks being regulated.

Shadow banking rules prompt gloom in Europe

End-users fear the European Banking Authority’s attempt to control shadow banking via bank exposure limits could backfire.

Alessandro Foti

Fineco leading Italy's wealth management revolution

Italy's traditionally high savings rates and increasing demand for asset management are playing into the hands of domestic direct bank Fineco. Its CEO, Alessandro Foti, tells Stefanie Linhardt about his company's recent successes in the retail and private wealth management markets.

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London tops western Europe FDI tables

The UK capital leads in both inflows and outflows of FDI among western European IFCs, while Madrid, Milan and Dublin show strongly.

Greece: faith versus sustainability

Greece and the EU have faith that everything will work out in spite of the country's debt being a long way from sustainable. What does all that mean for the future?

Greece and the eurozone need the IMF to act

The International Monetary Fund has gradually found its voice in the years since its participation in the Greek bail-out of 2010. Now it must go further.

Crisis in Greece: the credit impact on south-eastern Europe

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The turmoil in Greece is having an impact on financial markets throughout the eurozone, but this impact may be felt greater in its five neighbours where Greek banks have a particularly large presence: Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.

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.

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