Latest articles from Western Europe

Ranks of correspondent banks grow thinner

October 15, 2015
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Correspondent banking remains an important channel for financial flows within the eurozone, but the market is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few institutions

End to PPI woes for banks?

October 8, 2015

Facing a possible 2018 for payment protection insurance complaints, the banks are looking to wrap-up a costly scandal.  

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Carlo Messina: turning Intesa Sanpaolo around

October 1, 2015

After reporting the bank’s best half-year results, Intesa Sanpaolo’s chief executive Carlo Messina is upbeat about its future in Italy, thanks to booming wealth management and life insurance businesses, and growth opportunities in some of its central and eastern European subsidiaries.

Can snap elections bring much-needed stability to Turkey?

October 1, 2015

Turkey’s once mighty economic growth is slowing, as the country feels the impact of a hung parliament, geopolitical tensions in the region and the low oil price, leaving many hoping that snap elections called for November will bring with them some much needed stability.

Exposures and connectivity increase as EU banks simplify balance sheets

September 8, 2015

Europe’s banks are increasing their interdependence and shedding complex assets, according to the European Banking Authority.

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The EC's capital market union is vital for growth

September 1, 2015

Venture capital for small businesses, long-term investors for infrastructure and new funding channels for banks will be the priorities for the next stage of the European Commission's capital markets union plans, says European commissioner Jonathan Hill.

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Borsa Istanbul CEO looks to lead Turkey to a brighter future

September 1, 2015

Borsa Istanbul's recent mergers with a series of other exchanges in Turkey have expanded its remit and influence significantly. Its CEO, Tuncay Dinc, tells Stefanie Linhardt how he hopes the bourse will lead both Istanbul's ambitions to become a major financial centre and Turkey's efforts to become a top 10 global economy.

London stays on top of IFC tree

September 1, 2015

In The Banker's ranking of the world’s international financial centres, London continues to lead over close rival New York, but competitors from China and Japan are rising through the ranks.

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Top 250 EU banks ranking 2015: euro depreciation leaves its mark

September 1, 2015

The latest ranking of EU banks shows balance sheets and capital have shrunk for most on the back of a weakening euro, while Spanish banks managed to increase their profitability and specialised banks emerged with the highest returns. 

Turkeys banks find their SME appetite

Turkey's banks find their SME appetite

September 1, 2015

Turkey's plethora of micro-businesses and SMEs offer huge opportunities for the country's banks, a fact that the lenders have only recently woken up to. Stefanie Linhardt looks at which institutions are best making up for this lost time.

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