Latest articles from Philip Alexander

Panama leads Latam for profitability

January 5, 2015
Top 10 Latin American banking sectors by return on assets

Argentina and Venezuela have the lowest impairment rates in Latin America, but this does not reflect healthy economic conditions.

Is TLAC an Anglo-Saxon conspiracy?

January 5, 2015

The Financial Stability Board’s proposal for bail-in debt appears ill-suited to continental European banking group structures.

Foreign banks face heavy hit from Russian slump

December 19, 2014
Russian bank subsidiaries teaser

Russia has been a key profit driver for several Western European banks and the slide in the rouble will have a significant impact.

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Eurozone banks beyond the comprehensive assessment

December 1, 2014

There were few surprises in the outcome of the European Central Bank’s asset quality review and stress test, but the results highlight what still needs to be done.

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2014: the year of banks behaving badly

December 1, 2014

Growing geopolitical risk and the rising toll of misconduct fines overshadowed what should have been a year of strengthening economic recovery.

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The changing face of global systemic banks

December 1, 2014

A third Chinese bank has joined the Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, but business models among the group are very different.

EU’s relaxed approach opens transatlantic liquidity gap

November 24, 2014

The EU has introduced a liquidity coverage ratio for banks that is noticeably weaker than its US equivalent.

US asset-backed securities rules reassure issuers, but not investors

November 3, 2014

The US Securities and Exchange Commission altered new rules for asset-backed securities to ease privacy concerns, but investors want more disclosure.

Bryan Pascoe

Global debt footprint helps HSBC steer through volatility

November 3, 2014

While volatility has affected equity and high-yield debt markets, HSBC's head of debt capital markets sees opportunities from increased volumes in China and green bonds.

Assessing the vulnerability of Ukrainian banks

November 3, 2014
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Ukraine has been forced by the conditions of its latest International Monetary Fund loan to conduct a domestic asset quality review. Ahead of this, The Banker assesses the health of the country's banks.

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