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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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BESI finds a new lease of life under Haitong Securities

June 1, 2016

The former head of Banco Espírito Santo’s investment arm, José Maria Ricciardi, talks to Stefania Palma about the parent bank’s turbulent last days and how he hopes to exploit its established European network in his new position as the chief executive of Haitong Bank.

Portuguese capital markets back from the brink

Portuguese capital markets back from the brink

April 1, 2016

Portugal's economy has endured a torrid few years and this has been reflected in its activity in the capital markets. However, the past 12 months have seen reasons for optimism, with the benchmark 10-year debt yield dropping significantly from an all-time high in 2012 and economists cautiously welcoming the new government's financial policies.

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Past problems dampen mood as Portugal's banks return to profit

April 1, 2016

After years of unprofitability, the Portuguese banking sector is finally getting back on its feet. But, with the sale of Novo Banco by the Bank of Portugal still outstanding and other lenders vulnerable to takeover, the sector may not be out of the woods yet.

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Haitong eyes further expansion after buying Portugal's BESI

February 1, 2016

Two months after finalising Haitong Securities' acquisition of Novo Banco's investment banking unit, now called Haitong Bank, the parent company's deputy CEO and the UK head of the new bank talk about the acquisition, their international growth plans and what a jittery renminbi means to them. 

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

Portuguese banks weather the storm

Portuguese banks weather the storm

April 1, 2015

Portugal’s banks may be battling an economic downturn and the after-effects of the Banco Espírito Santo collapse, but they are still preparing for a return to profitability. 

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On the up: but is Portugal's economic recovery here to stay?

April 1, 2015

Portugal has endured a painful economic rescue programme following its bail-out, but now markets are slowly recognising that the country's economy has bottomed out and growth is forecast. 

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