Latest articles from Matthew Karwacki

The obscured view from Venezuela

July 24, 2015
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Measuring local bank performance is a challenge when a country relies on four different exchange rates.

Crisis in Greece: the credit impact on south-eastern Europe

July 13, 2015
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The turmoil in Greece is having an impact on financial markets throughout the eurozone, but this impact may be felt greater in its five neighbours where Greek banks have a particularly large presence: Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.

G-SIBs threatened with higher leverage ratio

July 2, 2015
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A higher leverage ratio requirement would prove a challenge to 13 global systematically important banks.

Top 1000 World Banks – Asset quality problems dog European lenders

June 29, 2015

Asset quality at European banks is slowly improving, but the situation in countries such as Cyprus, Greece and Italy continues to cause concern.

Top 1000 World Banks – US soars as China stays solid in highest movers ranking

June 29, 2015

US lenders feature at the top of the table as this year’s highest movers, while Chinese banks have increased their presence. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Emerging markets soar in return on assets ranking

June 29, 2015

Emerging market banks have continued their successful streak in the ranking by returns on assets, with lenders from Mexico, Kazakhstan and Kenya all posting significant profitability ratios. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Global decline in loan-to-deposit ratio slows

June 29, 2015

The global decline in loan-to-deposit ratios is slowing down, with western Europe even starting to rebound following years of deleveraging. 

The top five banks in Turkey

June 16, 2015
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With political uncertainty hanging over Turkey following its June general election, The Banker ranks the top five local banks by Tier 1 capital. 

Provisioning in Italian banks: not quick enough

June 9, 2015
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While non-performing loans in Italy are at the historical peak, provisioning coverage is not. 

The top five banks in Australia

June 1, 2015
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As the era of crisis-defying returns seems to be coming to a close for Australia’s banks, The Banker ranks the top five institutions in the country by Tier 1 capital. 

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