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Portugal's economy defies the odds and the critics

April 3, 2017

The left-wing coalition government of Portuguese prime minister António Costa has silenced critics with what has so far been an effective financial policy. Now it must convince the ratings agencies and Portugal’s international creditors. Peter Wise reports.

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Portugal’s banks rise from the ashes

April 3, 2017

Once one of the standard bearers for the travails of the eurozone, Portugal appears to be in the early stages of a recovery, one in which its revitalised banks are playing a leading role – albeit heavily backed by foreign investment. Peter Wise reports.

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Novo Banco’s chief executive takes a lesson from history

April 3, 2017

The chief executive of Portugal’s Novo Banco, António Ramalho, tells Peter Wise why 2017 will be the final year in its search for a controlling shareholder, and how he is easing the burden of non-performing loans.

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Andreas Dombret: the German view of Brexit

March 28, 2017

Andreas Dombret, member of the board at Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany's central bank, tells Stefanie Linhardt about the issues banks thinking of re-locating to Germany would have to consider, the negative consequences lower standards of regulation could bring for financial markets and the risks of a 'no deal' Brexit.

All eyes on financial sector as Brexit begins

March 27, 2017

The triggering of Article 50 heralds the beginning of the end for the UK in the EU. The financial services sector can only wait to see what will happen to London's clearing house business. 

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Sweden financial markets minister looks to build on momentum

March 1, 2017

Sweden’s minister for financial markets and consumer affairs, Per Bolund, explains to Stefanie Linhardt how the country maintains its stable economy, and why the European Banking Association would be better off located in Stockholm.

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Is Sweden’s stellar economy creating a housing bubble?

March 1, 2017

Sweden is enjoying impressive economic growth, reflected in rising house prices and an increase in household debt. Now, fears of a property bubble are fuelling calls for the government to speed up measures to cool the market. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Could tax and regulatory reform derail Sweden's strong showing?

March 1, 2017

Sweden’s banks have survived the recent low interest rate environment and remain profitable. But a payroll tax on financial institutions and ongoing regulatory uncertainty threaten to take their toll. Stefanie Linhardt outlines the likely headwinds.

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Q&A with Esther Puigcercós Font, general manager, Associació de Bancs Andorrans (Andorran Banking Association)

February 1, 2017

The general manager of the Andorran Banking Association, Esther Puigcercós Font, tells Stefanie Linhardt how the country's banks are becoming more transparent, and explains how they are adhering to EU standards despite the country not being a member of the union.

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Andorra finance minister continues on steady path to stability

February 1, 2017

Andorra’s finance minister, Jordi Cinca, explains to Stefanie Linhardt how budget consolidation and investment in tourist infrastructure are aiding the country’s slow but steady recovery from recession.

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