Latest articles from Stefanie Linhardt

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Could tax and regulatory reform derail Sweden's strong showing?

March 1, 2017

Sweden’s banks have survived the recent low interest rate environment and remain profitable. But a payroll tax on financial institutions and ongoing regulatory uncertainty threaten to take their toll. Stefanie Linhardt outlines the likely headwinds.

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Top 100 Russian Banks ranking 2017: A bleak scene

February 1, 2017

The Banker’s Top 100 Russian Banks ranking shows that losses are still widespread in the country’s banking sector, but greater resilience and capitalisation suggest a healthier future.

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Q&A with Esther Puigcercós Font, general manager, Associació de Bancs Andorrans (Andorran Banking Association)

February 1, 2017

The general manager of the Andorran Banking Association, Esther Puigcercós Font, tells Stefanie Linhardt how the country's banks are becoming more transparent, and explains how they are adhering to EU standards despite the country not being a member of the union.

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Andorra finance minister continues on steady path to stability

February 1, 2017

Andorra’s finance minister, Jordi Cinca, explains to Stefanie Linhardt how budget consolidation and investment in tourist infrastructure are aiding the country’s slow but steady recovery from recession.

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Andorra aims for a different peak

February 1, 2017

Principally renowned for its mountainous terrain and skiing resorts, Andorra is now looking for new ways to achieve year-round revenue raising. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Andorra strives to make itself noticed on an international stage

February 1, 2017

Andorra is attempting to raise its profile on the international stage by drawing attention to its increasing transparency and attractively low taxes. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Latvia finance minister looks to emerge from the shadows

January 3, 2017

Latvian finance minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola outlines to Stefanie Linhardt the government’s plans to tackle the shadow economy and devise a fair and sustainable mid-term tax strategy.

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A QE salvation for Greece?

January 3, 2017

There is cautious optimism that Greece's economy will return to growth in 2017, though much could happen over the next 12 months to quell these hopes. However, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, great importance is being attached to the country being given access to the ECB's quantitative easing programme.

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Greek banks pin turnaround hopes on NPL resolution

January 3, 2017

With deposits in Greek banks down substantially and unlikely to return soon, a top priority is to reduce the country’s non-performing loan burden, writes Stefanie Linhardt. 

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Is China's attention moving towards Russia?

December 1, 2016

After a contraction in investment levels since 2014, Russia’s first renminbi-denominated bond could signal the beginning of a new age of Chinese interest in the country’s financial potential. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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