Latest articles from Stefanie Linhardt

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Bucharest Stock Exchange: the quest for liquidity

August 1, 2016

Bucharest Stock Exchange lacks only liquidity to move from 'frontier' to 'emerging' market status. And, as Stefanie Linhardt discovers, a partnership with the pan-south-eastern European trading platform SEE Link could help the Romanian bourse get there.

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Outgoing Polish CBG urges successor to focus on stability

July 1, 2016

Poland’s outgoing central bank chief Marek Belka tells Stefanie Linhardt that maintaining banking stability will be the major issue for his replacement. 

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Otkritie FC Bank investment chief aims for further diversification

July 1, 2016

In two years, Otkritie FC Bank’s Konstantin Tserazov has transformed its investment business through a three-way split between its bond portfolio, repurchase agreements and derivatives. Now, he tells Stefanie Linhardt, he intends to diversify the Russia-focused bank even further.

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Italy makes its NPL move

July 1, 2016

Italian banks are struggling to manage their non-performing loans. Can government measures such as reforms to the financial sector, a revamp of bankruptcy laws and a new fund that invests in NPLs help? Stefanie Linhardt investigates.

Top 1000 World Banks – Western Europe's global standing diminishes again

June 29, 2016

A patchy economic performance in western Europe in 2015 saw its lenders slide further down the global rankings. HSBC is clinging on to its global top 10 position, however, while there is some good news for Greek and Italian lenders.

Top 1000 World Banks – Russia survives rouble depreciation to retain CEE lead

June 29, 2016

Russian banks have suffered through the stormy financial conditions of the past two years, but its lenders remain the largest in the central and eastern Europe region. However, Romania, and Banca Transilvania in particular, provide the region's good news story.

Top 1000 World Banks – North America and western Europe close profits gap on Asia-Pacific

June 29, 2016

Its share of global return on capital may have fallen, but Asia-Pacific still leads in profits. On the rise are western Europe, North America and the Middle East, while Latin America and the caribbean, central and eastern Europe and Africa all recorded smaller shares.

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The rehabilitation of Austria’s Volksbanken

June 1, 2016

After a scare from the European Central Bank, Austria’s Volksbanken banking consortium has pursued an ambitious strategy of streamlining and consolidation with the aim of returning to profitability and repaying €300m in state aid 

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Austrian province of Carinthia becomes a BRRD test case

June 1, 2016

Hypo Alpe Adria – now known as Heta – is a 'bad bank' from the Austrian region of Carinthia that is the first to be wound down according to the EU's Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. Stefanie Linhardt assesses the situation and looks at who the winners and losers will be.

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Austria’s banking overhaul

June 1, 2016

Austria is dealing with the same digitalisation and profitability issues as the rest of the eurozone, but insiders are confident the enforced upheaval in the country’s banking sector will have positive long-term benefits.

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