Latest articles from Silvia Pavoni

Shift in UK and Spanish banking landscapes

June 30, 2011

Despite some concerns over the impact of regulation on profit, the big banks in western Europe have mostly held their ground in this year's Top 1000 World Banks ranking. However, the aftermath of the financial crisis has seen changes in the UK and Spanish banking sectors.

No change among North America's banking giants

June 30, 2011

The top seven banks in North America stayed in the same positions in the regional top 25 ranking of this year's Top 1000, as the financial institutions of the US continued to focus on demonstrating their strength instead of their profitability.

Western European lenders top loan-to-deposit averages

June 30, 2011

A bank's loans-to-deposits ratio is a good indicator of how prudent its funding strategy is - too high can mean too risky, but too low suggests it may not be achieving its full potential. This year's Top 1000 World Banks show that western Europe heads the list with the highest national average LTD and China has the lowest.

Protests about nuclear power

The nuclear policy debate after Fukushima

June 1, 2011

The accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami has led many countries to slow down or cease their nuclear energy programmes.

Gord Nixon

Why Canada does not need or deserve Basel III regulation

June 1, 2011

Not every country needs stronger, better capitalised banks. Gord Nixon, chief executive of the Royal Bank of Canada, explains why this is the case for Canada.

Adam Waterous

Scotia Capital’s oil and gas expertise boosts M&A business

May 4, 2011

Scotia Capital provides its oil and gas clients with in-depth geophysical expertise, something that vice-chairman Adam Waterous believes is just as important as advice on the structuring of mergers and acquisitions.

canada property boom

Consumer debt and Basel III pose problems for Canadian banks

May 4, 2011

With one of the most stable and well-capitalised banking systems in the world, Canadian banks are riding high on the back of a strong mortgage market. But will high consumer debt levels and international banking regulation restrict activity? 

Is Brazil heading for a credit bubble?

March 24, 2011

The spike in loans to individuals over the past year has led some analysts to suggest there is a credit bubble in Brazil. Click here to find out more.

Chinese investment into Latin America

China changes tactics for Latin American resources

March 22, 2011

China's quest to meet its natural resources needs has been largely concentrated on Africa, but its presence in Latin America has been creeping up over the past decade. Latam governments, however, are proving to be less co-operative than their African counterparts. 

Andrea Travesone

Is European venture debt gone for good?

March 14, 2011

As the financial crisis all but decimated venture debt in Europe, the possibility of its return is a thorny issue. While some countries are seeking alternative methods to fund start-up companies, others are preparing for business as usual.

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