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Kazkom

Kazakhstan banks target NPLs as part of recovery effort

November 1, 2016

As Kazakhstan continues its economic recovery efforts, its banks say the government and private sector need to work together to tackle the bad loans that are acting as a brake on growth. Nick Kochan reports.

Banks engage in AML fight

Banks engage in anti-money-laundering fight

April 1, 2016

UK fraud investigators have realised that banks are well placed to identify illicit financial activity and have set up a partnership with major European financial institutions to share information about money laundering and terrorist financing. But how motivated are the banks to participate?

Clydesdale brings it back home

Clydesdale Bank brings it all back home

January 4, 2016

An initial public offering by Clydesdale Bank in February will see the lender – currently owned by National Australia Bank – independently managed from its home market of Scotland. This will, say its senior staff, help it to focus on its positions of strength, such as SME funding and agriculture.

Andorra acts to save banking reputation

Andorra acts to save banking reputation

June 1, 2015

Accusations of money laundering levelled at Banca Privada d’Andorra by the US authorities threatened to destabilise the country's banking sector, so the government had to act quickly to contain the crisis. Now, Andorran authorities are keen to show that this was an isolated case and that the wider banking sector is both closely governed and performing successfully. 

Kazakhstan enters into the unknown

Kazakhstan enters into the unknown

July 1, 2014

International sanctions against Russia and uncertainty over commodity prices have had an impact on Kazakhstan and its banking sector. However, the country's central bank governor tells Nick Kochan of his plans to smarten up the country's financial landscape, starting with targeting unacceptably high NPL levels.

Gatehouse Bank

Gatehouse banks on UK's Islamic potential

June 2, 2014

Islamic finance has not had a sizable impact on the UK banking industry, but sharia-compliant asset manager Gatehouse Bank believes that it has carved a small but important niche in the market.

Dos and don'ts of fraud

Dos and don’ts of preventing fraud in a bank

April 1, 2014

The damage that a fraud investigation can wreak on a bank is already well documented, but what measures can banks take to protect themselves against such incidents and minimise the repercussions if a fraudster does slip through the net? 

New entrants drive Kazakhstan’s bid to consolidate

New entrants drive Kazakhstan’s bid to consolidate

April 1, 2014

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund is in the process of extricating itself from banks it rescued during the crisis, but poor asset quality is posing a serious challenge to the new owners. 

Alpha Condé and Kerfalla Yansané

Guinea looks to meet challenges of modernisation

October 1, 2013

Guinea's austerity measures have not proven popular with the country's army and civil service, but have impressed the IMF and other international observers. Its president and finance minister explain the challenges they have met in rebuilding the newly democratic country, and how they intend to turn it into a resource-based African powerhouse.

EFG hopes to rise from Greek ashes

EFG hopes to rise from Greek ashes

November 1, 2012

The sale of both its Greek subsidiary and its financial products division is intended to leave the family-owned EFG Group as a pure private banking operation.

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