Latest articles from Philip Alexander

Mapping the FX opportunity in emerging markets

October 1, 2013

With smaller banks accounting for a growing share of the foreign exchange business for the largest broker-dealers, The Banker has conducted a survey of the landscape in emerging markets.

Greek banks start the long road to recovery

October 1, 2013

Recapitalisation, consolidation and reduced dependence on central bank funding have begun the process of restoring Greece’s banks to health, but there are still profound challenges ahead.

Latin America leads the profits league

September 24, 2013
Latin America leads the profits league

Two Latin American countries score highly for return on equity in their banking sectors, but more highly capitalised African banks enjoy stronger return on assets.

Investors stay in the ECM hunt

September 2, 2013

High valuations and the US Federal Reserve’s plan to taper quantitative easing have dimmed investors’ appetite for emerging markets, but they are still seeking out value in developed market equity stories.

Barclays finds the right FIG blend

Barclays finds the right FIG blend

September 2, 2013

The creation of a single financial institutions group at Barclays in February 2013 formalised increasingly close co-operation between coverage investment bankers and capital markets practitioners. The co-head of its FIG EMEA capital markets unit tells Philip Alexander how this has been working.

New regime loosens grip on Russian banks

August 27, 2013

The Central Bank of Russia’s new governor has overseen a relaxation in the capital requirements proposed to implement the country’s version of Basel III. 

Russian leader seeks out new frontiers

Russian leader seeks out new frontiers

August 1, 2013

VTB Capital is already established as Russia’s largest investment bank. Bulgarian national Atanas Bostandjiev explains the state-owned bank's plans to expand its activities into new markets.

Consolidation pressure builds for Serbian banks

Consolidation pressure builds for Serbian banks

August 1, 2013

Subdued growth prospects and the uncertain future of some foreign parent banks looks set to impel the Serbian banking sector toward fewer, stronger players.

Top 20 European banks – risk weights and impairments TEASER

Regulators get heavy on risk weights

August 1, 2013

The process of risk-weighting assets to determine banks' capital adequacy has attracted criticism, but European regulators are keen to improve rather than eliminate it.

Mixed messages for UK mortgage market

July 29, 2013

The UK Treasury is trying to help lenders step up mortgage financing, but new regulatory agencies are focused on controlling systemic risk.

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