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Top 250 EU banks: assets down, profits up

September 1, 2016

The euro’s continuing fall against the dollar held back the major players in the EU, but Austria made a startling comeback and there was further good news from Romania and Croatia.

Paris leads western European IFCs by bank profits

September 1, 2016

The French capital is thriving, but profitability is on the wane in many of its rival cities, reports Silvia Pavoni.

A lesson from history for a post-Brexit future

August 30, 2016

Determining how UK financial services interact with the EU following the referendum will be no easy task. One approach might be to look to how banking regulation was originally negotiated, suggests former Association for Financial Markets in Europe director Peter Beales. 

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Asia struggles to pick a path to capital markets integration

August 1, 2016

Asia has been working on a capital markets union for almost two decades. Why is this process challenging? And is it fair to draw parallels between the Asian and European experience? Stefania Palma reports.

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Addiko: turning around Hypo Alpe Adria

August 1, 2016

Much has been written about Austria's Heta, the ‘bad bank’ which took on the toxic assets of Hypo Alpe Adria. But what of Addiko, which was created from the good parts of its south-eastern European network? Stefanie Linhardt investigates.

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After Brexit: continuity the key for the City of London's banks

August 1, 2016

The UK’s economic future outside the EU is nowhere near as bleak as it has been painted. A considered approach would mean a smooth transition to a post-Brexit world, says Barnabas Reynolds.

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Indian banks retain appetite for post-Brexit UK

August 1, 2016

Traditionally strong in the UK, some Indian banks – such as SBI and Yes Bank – are setting up new operations of becoming subsidiaries and focusing on the retail market, and they are not letting the UK’s decision to leave the EU affect their plans.

The role of shadow banks in banking and capital markets union

July 25, 2016

The shadow banking sector got a bad press after the global financial crisis, but it can be a valuable source of innovation while helping to mitigate financial risk, writes Harald Benink of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee.

Banks step up efforts to fight RWA proposals

July 20, 2016

There is growing exasperation in the banking community regarding the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s desire to reduce variations in bank risk-weighted assets in the name of simplifying comparisons, writes Justin Pugsley.

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Malta prepares for starring role on European stage

July 1, 2016

Malta’s economy was the second fastest growing in the EU last year, its financial sector is healthy and diversified, and it is about to play a leading lead role in Brussels, writes Michael Imeson.

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