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What now for development banks in central and eastern Europe?

September 1, 2015

International financial institutions remain crucial in central and eastern Europe as the fallout from the financial crisis continues to make its presence felt. But just how far should these development banks go in helping to resolve the various crises that have hit the countries of this region in recent years? 

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Consolidation and stabilisation: Serbian finance minister's hopes for reforms

September 1, 2015

Serbia's economic struggles have been well documented over the past few years, with its fiscal deficit particularly worrying. The country's finance minister, Dušan Vujović, tells Stefanie Linhardt how the government's reforms are already advancing down a route he hopes will lead to full EU accession.

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Fineco leading Italy's wealth management revolution

August 3, 2015

Italy's traditionally high savings rates and increasing demand for asset management are playing into the hands of domestic direct bank Fineco. Its CEO, Alessandro Foti, tells Stefanie Linhardt about his company's recent successes in the retail and private wealth management markets.

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Natalie Jaresko: steering Ukraine back to economic health

July 1, 2015

Reform-minded Natalie Jaresko has had a tough baptism in her role as Ukraine's finance minister. However, she is determined to demonstrate the safety of the country's banking sector and show that Ukraine is still an attractive investment destination, as she tells Stefanie Linhardt.

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Giorgi Kadagidze: stabilising Georgia's currency climate

July 1, 2015

In an economy that is highly dollarised and in which the local currency has gone through a bout of devaluation, Georgia's central bank governor, Giorgi Kadagidze, has his work cut out. However, in taking a long-term approach, rather than looking for any quick fixes, he is confident that the country can achieve its currency goals.

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Commerzbank's old hand with a fresh outlook

July 1, 2015

Commerzbank corporates and markets chief Michael Reuther has nearly 30 years of banking experience, yet his appetite for innovation still burns strongly, as his work to 'industrialise' the German lender's investment bank shows.

Armenian banks braced for difficult year

Armenian banks braced for difficult year

July 1, 2015

Stringent capital requirements set by the Central Bank of Armenia will test many of the country's banks, which are already struggling in a slowing economy. But for those that already meet the new standards, the opportunities arising from possible consolidation could provide a much-needed avenue to growth.

Top 1000 World Banks – Rouble devaluation causes CEE ranking shake-up

June 29, 2015

Russian banks still account for the top three positions in the central and eastern European ranking, but their positions have been weakened after a tough year for the country's economy.

Top 1000 World Banks – Tier 1 declines causes shake up in western Europe

June 29, 2015

HSBC remains western Europe's largest lender, but it is all change elsewhere in the ranking, as capital declines across numerous institutions causes movement among the largest lenders.

CEE a growing market for private equity

Central and eastern Europe: a growing market for private equity

June 1, 2015

Private equity investment in central and eastern Europe could be set to increase as investors look to capture the region’s potential as its economies return to growth. 

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