Latest articles from Western Europe

Banking on negative rates

December 9, 2015
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Negative rates stunt interest income as banks are reluctant to pass the costs onto depositors.

Cross-border conundrums still hampering OTC derivative markets

Cross-border conundrums still hampering OTC derivative markets

December 1, 2015

Regulators in Europe and the US are still dealing with a backlog of cross-border problems in the over-the-counter derivatives market. Are these issues resolvable, and what is at stake if they are not? By Michael Watt.

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Banca IMI, the master of Italian risk, seeks global appeal

December 1, 2015

Massimo Mocio says the pull-back of international players from Italy has provided Banca IMI with a stronger domestic base from which to compete.

Portugal’s banks turn a corner

November 30, 2015
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Lower provisions and a resurgent economy are helping Portuguese banks to become profitable again

Professionalism in banking: time for a race to the top

November 23, 2015

Improvements in professional culture in banking must come from within, not just from regulatory pressure.

Sovereign debt weighs on Sweden’s banks

November 3, 2015
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With capital now required for government bond holdings in Sweden, The Banker looks at the sovereign debt exposure at the country’s top four banks.

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CaixaBank continues to defy Spanish banking gloom

November 2, 2015

CaixaBank is bucking the trend in the Spanish domestic banking sector, which is still suffering from a slow recovery from the crisis as well as political uncertainty. Technological investment, cost cutting, consolidation and reducing risk have been at the forefront of the bank's growth strategy.

How would the UK leaving the EU affect the country's banking landscape?

October 29, 2015
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A look at how the UK leaving the EU could profoundly change the country's financial sector.   

UK banks have the largest exposure to emerging markets

October 27, 2015
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UK banks have $878.2bn in claims on developing markets, making them vulnerable to a downturn. 

UK banks prepare for ringfence rule

October 21, 2015

The UK’s largest banks will soon find that most of their business has been placed outside the ringfence. 

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