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Top 50 Caricom Banks ranking 2016: growth plateaus while profits rise in the Caribbean

August 1, 2016

Caribbean lenders still face challenges to growth, as shown in The Banker's Top 50 Caricom Banks ranking for 2016, but many have turned the corner in terms of profits. 

New bill puts Romania’s mortgage lenders under pressure

July 20, 2016
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At the end of April, Romania’s parliament approved a bill allowing borrowers to walk away from their mortgage debts. The Banker looks at mortgage holdings of the largest banks in the country.  

Top 1000 World Banks – US banks challenge Latin Americans for best returns on assets

June 29, 2016

High returns on assets are often shown by emerging markets, but this was not always true in the 2016 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking, with the US showing strongly in this field.

Top 1000 World Banks – Asset quality still proving a headache for Europe

June 29, 2016

As has been the case in most recent rankings, European lenders have continued to wrestle with asset quality issues.

Top 1000 World Banks – Asia-Pacific and North America pull down loan to deposit ratio

June 29, 2016

The trend in falling loan-to-deposit ratios continued in the 2016 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, as the aggregate ratio dipped.

Challenger banks rise to the challenge

May 11, 2016
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Loans and deposits are growing at challenger banks while they shrink at larger lenders

Slovenian banks return to profitability

May 5, 2016

 

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After five years of losses, the Slovenian banking sector is back in the black.

Bad loans on the up at largest Chinese banks

May 3, 2016
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What are the holdings of non-performing loans at China’s largest banks?

Top 100 central and eastern Europe EU banks ranking

Top 100 central and eastern Europe EU banks ranking: Tier 1 capital ebbs as dollar strengthens

May 1, 2016

Bulgarian lenders bucked the trend as Tier 1 capital contracted in most of central and eastern Europe, while Czech institutions retained their status as most profitable banks in the region.

The Banker’s Best Emerging Markets for Banking ranking: South America soars in inaugural list

May 1, 2016

The Banker’s Best Emerging Markets for Banking ranking, which analyses the largest 100 developing countries for ease of banking, sees South American nations leading the way, while those in Africa and Europe lag behind.

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