Latest articles from Nick Kochan

Anticipating acceptance

December 1, 2007

Despite international embargoes that restrict their operations, Northern Cyprus banks are making preparations in the hope that eventually they will be included in the EU. Nick Kochan reports.

Dutch banking through the mill

October 1, 2007

The feeding frenzy surrounding ABN AMRO is a harbinger for a restructuring of the entire Netherlands’ banking sector. Nick Kochan explains.

Pips squeak as screws tighten

September 3, 2007

The OECD is stepping up efforts to force offshore jurisdictions to toe its line on information sharing and taxation. But as Nick Kochan reports, smaller jurisdictions resent being targeted while OECD members such as Luxembourg and Switzerland appear to escape such censure.

Bond markets walk tall

July 4, 2007

Primary and secondary Nigerian government bond markets are undergoing structural change with bond indices serving as economic benchmarks. Nick Kochan and Dapo Olagunjo explain.

Pensions alter the landscape

July 4, 2007

Pension reforms are expected to transform the lives of Nigerians but capital markets need to be transformed to cope with the accumulation of liquidity created as a result. Nick Kochan reports.

Public speaking

July 2, 2007

Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, director-general of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, tells Nick Kochan of her mission to convince local businesses to float their firms publicly.

Round two of Nigeria’s

July 2, 2007

The number of players in Nigeria’s banking sector is falling again as a desire to maintain a top 10 listing, as well as a nationwide presence, pushes a new wave of mergers, writes Nick Kochan.

Fast train

April 2, 2007

Nigerian banks know that expanding branch networks and introducing new technology requires a skilled workforce. Nick Kochan reports on staff training efforts.

Same song sheet

April 2, 2007

Banking consolidation has given Nigerian banks the headache of integrating a variety of disparate technological systems onto single platforms. Nick Kochan reports.

Retail jump-start

April 2, 2007

Nigeria’s retail environment is developing fast, says Nick Kochan, but further growth is hampered by the absence of a credit checking system and a national ID card.

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