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Top 1000 World Banks - Profits in western Europe and Asia fall as Americas and CEE recover

July 3, 2017

The Top 1000 banks’ profits are $2bn down on the 2016 ranking, with western Europe’s decline the most notable. Meanwhile, Latin American banks have increased their share, as Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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How the ESM fights fires in the eurozone

June 1, 2017

As managing director of the European Stability Mechanism, Klaus Regling has overseen the bulk of financial assistance provided to ailing eurozone countries throughout the sovereign debt crisis. He talks to Danielle Myles about Greece, the health of the EU’s banking sector and the future of the monetary union.

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ESMA chair's pursuit of a better single market

June 1, 2017

Steven Maijoor, the chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority, talks to Danielle Myles about preventing a post-Brexit regulatory race to the bottom, overhauling the equivalence regime, and the importance of supervisory convergence in building a capital markets union. 

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Leaving London? Charting Europe’s business landscape

June 1, 2017

The UK’s departure from the EU looks set to leave London a less attractive European base for some companies. Stefanie Linhardt examines the reasons to relocate – and the reasons to stay put.

Talking tough on Brexit: a German perspective

May 29, 2017

Andreas Dombret, a board member at Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, tells Stefanie Linhardt about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, and what banks looking to relocate from the UK to Germany should expect.

Banks should heed ECB guidance on bad loans

May 29, 2017

Europe is stooped under the weight of its non-performing loans. However, the European Central Bank has now issued detailed guidance on managing NPLs that could be adopted as bank strategy, says Conor Houlihan of law firm Dillon Eustace.

Brexit sparks race to the bottom among London’s rivals

May 29, 2017

Some EU financial centres have been accused of bidding too aggressively to host financial firms relocating from London, revealing flaws in the EU’s regulatory architecture that its authorities are seeking to fix. By Justin Pugsley.

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Buoyant Spanish banks finally look forward with optimism

May 2, 2017

As the Spanish economy ticks up, the country’s banks are feeling cautiously optimistic and confident enough to consider expansion, both at home and abroad, while ramping up their digital strategies. Jules Stewart reports.

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Cyprus finance minister keen to demonstrate progress to EBRD

May 2, 2017

As Cyprus prepares to host the EBRD's annual meeting, its finance minister, Harris Georgiades, tells Michael Imeson how the country has progressed from its EU/IMF bailout in 2013 to record a budget surplus and GDP growth higher than the eurozone average.

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Cyprus banks' reversal of fortune

May 2, 2017

Though Cyprus's banking sector is in a much healthier state than it was during the crisis years of 2012 and 2013, high NPL ratios and the country's negative interest rate environment are casting a shadow over its recovery, as Michael Imeson reports.

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