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Top 100 CIS Banks ranking: a partial comeback

December 1, 2017

Putting currency instability and low oil prices behind them, banks in the Commonwealth of Independent States had a healthier year in 2016. Andrew MacDowall reports.

Currency depreciation hits CIS economies

December 1, 2016

Russia’s perilous economic and political situation spelled trouble in the Commonwealth of Independent States region, though there were promising signs in Uzbekistan and Ukraine.

Stable footing: Lithuanian banking is dominated by Scandinavian lenders such as Sweden’s Swedbank

Lithuania looks towards steadier growth

November 1, 2013

After a deep recession and housing bust in 2008 and a number of subsequent corporate governance crises, Lithuanian banks are finally returning to a steady footing, helped in no small measure by the presence of risk-averse Scandinavian lenders in the country.

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Tough road ahead for Bulgaria's banks

May 1, 2013

The Bulgarian banking sector has not needed government assistance in the wake of the financial crisis, but its slow growth rates and high non-performing loans do not make an inspiring combination.

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