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Kyrgyzstan banks face mountains to climb

Kyrgyzstan banks face mountains to climb

August 1, 2014

Banks in Kyrgyzstan face numerous challenges beyond the accessibility problems caused by the country's mountainous terrain. A distrust of conventional banking and strong position of microfinance institutions means the central Asian state is under-penetrated by conventional lenders, a situation that is slowly but surely starting to change.

What now for Russian capital markets

What now for Russian capital markets?

August 1, 2014

Political tensions continue to dog Russia's capital markets. Following a difficult few months, the shoots of a recovery seemed to be appearing until the US imposed another round of sanctions on the country and a deadly attack on a commercial airliner flying over a disputed region of Ukraine sparked fresh hostilities, jeopardising the market's fragile rebound.

Dorin Drăguţanu Moldova

Moldova CBG hitting the inflation target

July 1, 2014

Since taking office as governor of the National Bank of Moldova in 2009, Dorin Drăguţanu has implemented the country’s first inflation-targeting policy, has seen interest rates on loans and deposits decline and has welcomed amendments to the law on financial institutions. He speaks to The Banker about challenges surrounding transparency in the banking sector and economic implications of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Crackdown on opaque ownership of Moldovan banks

July 1, 2014

The problems faced by Moldova's banking sector are not performance related, but instead are deeply rooted in a lack of transparency in banks’ shareholder structures. After opaque shareholder changes in the country's two largest banks in 2013, authorities are working on a resolution.

Investors face fresh interest rate challenge

Investors face fresh interest rate challenge

July 1, 2014

Since interest rates dropped to record lows in both the US and UK, investors have been anticipating their rebound and picking their investments accordingly.

Reforms bring challenges for Germany’s public banking pillar

July 1, 2014

Caught up in European regulation, Germany’s public banks are trying to adapt to new challenges. Across all three banking pillars in the country, financial institutions are particularly struggling with increased competition in retail banking and low profitability. 

Commerzbank seeks to hit 2016 targets

Commerzbank seeks to hit 2016 targets

July 1, 2014

Commerzbank has had a difficult few years, but with a vigorous cost reduction programme helping the bank meet some of its 2016 strategy targets early, those within the bank have high hopes that the German lender has turned a corner.

Top 1000 World Banks – Western Europe shows capital and recapitalisation trend

June 30, 2014

HSBC holds on to the top position in western Europe, while the aftermath of the eurozone crisis shapes much of the rest of the list.

Top 1000 World Banks – Sales bring changes in CEE but Russia still rules

June 30, 2014

Little has changed at the top of the central and eastern European ranking, where Russian lenders still dominate, but sales and takeovers have caused a reshuffle further down the ranking.

Top 1000 World Banks – Chinese banks dominate net interest income gains

June 30, 2014

When it comes to net interest income, Chinese banks dominate yet again in the 2014 Top 1000 World Banks ranking.

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