Latest articles from James King

Top 1000 World Banks – New arrivals from the US soar

June 29, 2016

The dollar’s resilience has helped the US produce a large number of new arrivals in the 2016 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, while healthy numbers of European and Asian banks have returned to the list.

Top 1000 World Banks – Kenya bucks Africa’s downward trend

June 29, 2016

The depreciating rand and falling oil prices have caused trouble in Africa, with South African and Nigerian lenders slipping down the overall rankings, but Kenyan entrants still managed to show Tier 1 growth.

A glimmer of light for South Africa

Is the worst over for South Africa's spluttering economy?

May 2, 2016

At first glance, South Africa is in a position of near-crisis. Its economic growth is sluggish, its government is making a series of unpopular decisions, and a severe drought is denting its agricultural output. However, the private sect seems to approve of the country's new finance minister, and the rand is showing signs of stability. So is there cause for optimism? James King investigates.

Staying ahead of the slump

South Africa's banks stay ahead of the slump

May 2, 2016

Though South Africa's economy is cooling, its banks are continuing to perform strongly. For some, growth is coming from operations elsewhere in Africa, while for others its is stemming from the domestic market. James King looks at the strategies being employed to keep the country's lenders buoyant in a slow-growth environment.

east Africa's infrastructure gap

Who will fund east Africa's infrastructure shortfall?

May 2, 2016

Although infrastructure across the continent is crying out for investment, the pro-business environment in east Africa makes the region particularly attractive for lenders. However, the challenge for both local and international banks is finding well-structured and bankable deals, as James King discovers.

Filling east Africas infrastructure gap

Kenyan banks' east African expansion raise supervisory concerns

May 2, 2016

As trade and co-operation has increased across east Africa, so has cross-border banking, with Kenyan lenders leading the way. But although this move is spreading new technologies and services while increasing competition, are there sufficient supervisory structures in place? James King investigates.

Lesetja Kganyago

South Africa's CBG takes price stability route out of difficulties

May 2, 2016

The governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, tells James King about efforts to combat rising inflation and the impact of a devastating drought on the country’s economic outlook.

Saudi Arabia discovers a sense of urgency

Saudi Arabia discovers a sense of urgency

April 1, 2016

With minimal growth and a hefty deficit expected in 2016, the Saudi Arabian government knows it must act fast to reverse the downward trend. James King looks at the raft of measures the country is putting in place to become less reliant on oil and achieve long-term growth.

Saudi Arabias blueprint for growth

Saudi Arabia's blueprint for growth

April 1, 2016

Saudi Arabia has accepted that fundamental change is needed to deal with its budget deficit and is stepping up to the challenge with a long-term plan that includes privatisation, cuts to subsidies, boosting religious tourism and creating a more diversified economy. James King reports on its progress.

Mohammad Al-Hashel

Kuwait's CBG looks to stability and sukuk

April 1, 2016

The governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait, Mohammad Al-Hashel, tells James King about his efforts to maintain exchange rate stability, prevent banks from becoming over-reliant on the real estate industry, and create a sukuk-friendly environment in the country.

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