Latest articles from Western Europe

Who is using the Bank of England’s funding for lending scheme?

April 14, 2016

Lloyds is revealed as the largest participant in the Bank of England's funding for lending scheme, having drawn nearly half of all funds since the scheme began in 2012. 

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All change for CEE Stock Exchange Group

CEE Stock Exchange Group adopts new 'sharing' strategy

April 1, 2016

Having shed two of its assets – the exchanges of Budapest and Ljubljana – the CEE Stock Exchange Group, with owner Vienna Stock Exchange at the helm, is steering a new strategic course. Its aim, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, is to become a leading service provider for central and eastern Europe's exchanges. 

Bonus clawbacks and the buy-out dilemma

April 1, 2016

The UK regulator has proposed rules that would enable a former employer to refuse deferred bonus payments or claw back the bonuses of former employees accused of misconduct or mismanagement. Gary Freer of law firm Bryan Cave looks at the hurdles these rules will have to clear.

Banks engage in AML fight

Banks engage in anti-money-laundering fight

April 1, 2016

UK fraud investigators have realised that banks are well placed to identify illicit financial activity and have set up a partnership with major European financial institutions to share information about money laundering and terrorist financing. But how motivated are the banks to participate?

Portuguese capital markets back from the brink

Portuguese capital markets back from the brink

April 1, 2016

Portugal's economy has endured a torrid few years and this has been reflected in its activity in the capital markets. However, the past 12 months have seen reasons for optimism, with the benchmark 10-year debt yield dropping significantly from an all-time high in 2012 and economists cautiously welcoming the new government's financial policies.

A mixed picture for Portugal

Past problems dampen mood as Portugal's banks return to profit

April 1, 2016

After years of unprofitability, the Portuguese banking sector is finally getting back on its feet. But, with the sale of Novo Banco by the Bank of Portugal still outstanding and other lenders vulnerable to takeover, the sector may not be out of the woods yet.

Luxembourg Stock Exchange CEO goes further down the green route

April 1, 2016

The CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, Richard Scharfe, tells Natasha Turak about the exchange's expertise in green bonds, why it is dominated by debt instruments, and what is behind its international popularity.

Luxembourg finance minister eyes fintech hub status

April 1, 2016

Luxembourg's minister of finance, Pierre Gramegna, tells Natasha Turak why he wants to create the ideal environment for financial technology firms to thrive in the country.

Greek banks stabilise after difficult year

March 29, 2016
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After a difficult year, Greece's four largest lenders are now better capitalised and less dependent on external funding, but bad loans remain a problem.

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Europe’s growth prospects: what will 2016 bring?

March 1, 2016

After a turbulent few years, Europe faces political pressure over the Syrian refugee crisis, the prospect of a Brexit and further financial instability within the eurozone, with Greece never far from the news. Stefanie Linhardt speaks to seven economists about the region's prospects for the coming 12 months.

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