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Petar Chobanov

Bulgaria's outgoing finance minister rallies for reform

September 1, 2014

Petar Chobanov spent little more than a year as Bulgaria's finance minister before the government resigned and he had to step down from his post. He describes the reforms that he started during his tenure and explains why it is important for the new government to continue this work.

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Top 250 EU banks ranking, 2014: A tale of two halves

September 1, 2014

This year's EU banks ranking shows how selective the region's economic recovery has been, with Greek and Spanish lenders edging into the black, while Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Slovenian and Cypriot institutions are continuing to struggle.

Bulgarian banks in limbo

Crisis leaves Bulgaria's banks in limbo

September 1, 2014

Bulgaria’s recent banking crisis and the resignation of its government have left its financial sector in a state of limbo awaiting elections in October. 

Streamlining Bank of Georgia

August 1, 2014

Bank of Georgia may be sitting comfortably as the largest bank in the eastern European country, but it is not resting on its laurels, with plans to divest some of its acquisitions to focus on its core banking business. 

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. 

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