Latest articles from Philip Alexander

Are eurozone banks underestimated?

February 21, 2014
Top 50 world banks – profits

Current profitability for the largest banks in the eurozone may be low compared with the US, but considering their position over the longer term, they have actually outperformed since the crisis.

Top 100 Russian banks ranking, 2014: Russia seeks to stay on solid ground

February 3, 2014

Russian bank profitability is healthy, but there are fears around asset quality in consumer banking, and the regulator is taking a tougher line on money laundering and liquidity problems.

Sophie Javary

BNP Paribas turning balance sheet into fees

February 3, 2014

After almost two decades’ experience in a pure advisory bank, Sophie Javary is now looking to strengthen the corporate finance business of BNP Paribas, one of Europe’s largest lenders.

Securitisation still suffering capital punishment

January 27, 2014

New regulations for banks and insurers governing capital requirements on holdings of securitised assets include some improvements, but may not be enough to make the product viable in Europe.

US banks closing the GAAP

January 24, 2014
US banks closing the GAAP

The Basel Committee has decided that banks can net certain transactions when calculating the leverage ratio. This will bring the regulatory requirement closer to US rather than to European accounting standards.

Banks try to stay ahead of regulatory tide

January 2, 2014

Senior executives are changing the way their organisations work in an effort to move from merely complying with new regulations to defining how the bank of the future will look.

Kairat Kelimbetov

Building financial architecture for Kazakhstan

January 2, 2014

The recently appointed National Bank of Kazakhstan governor, Kairat Kelimbetov, tells Philip Alexander that he is focused on stepping up the quality of corporate governance in the country's banking sector and financial markets.

James Cowles

Smith Barney veteran steering Citi’s new start in Europe

January 2, 2014

James Cowles is driving Citi's refreshed network of coverage bankers and better-integrated trade and treasury services offering in the largest revenue-generating region for the bank's reorganised institutional client group.

Basel’s trading book theory struggles with the practice

January 2, 2014

The fundamental review of the trading book set out to simplify the capital management of market risk, but has ended up drifting away from the reality of the business.

Russian consumer lenders maintain outperformance

December 20, 2013
Russian consumer lenders – return on assets

Competition and non-performing loans are rising among Russia's consumer lenders, but their profit performance is still well ahead of the rest of the Russian banking sector

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