Latest articles from Stephen Timewell

Springboard for growth

March 3, 2004

Hopes are high that laws passed, but not yet implemented, will reshape the financial sector and open up business opportunities for banks in the kingdom. By Stephen Timewell in Riyadh.

Clean-up boosts investors’ trust

February 3, 2004

Erol Sabanci, chairman of Akbank, tells Stephen Timewell of his optimism on recent sector reforms and the political and economic outlook for Turkey.

Iran pushes for privatisation

December 2, 2003

Iran is set on a privatisation course to revive the economy and improve efficiency in its financial institutions. By Stephen Timewell and Mohsen Asgari in Tehran.

Change is coming

December 2, 2003

Stephen Timewell reports on the slow but sure growth of Iran’s private banks.

One-way traffic

December 2, 2003

While Iranian banks are deregulating and expanding abroad, foreign players are still constrained by regulation, as Stephen Timewell reports from Tehran.

Gulf gets a retail boost

November 3, 2003

While Gulf banks enjoy strong results, banks in non-oil countries have seen a drop in their profits. Stephen Timewell reports.

Good forecast in difficult climate

June 9, 2003

Finland’s banking sector is the most concentrated in the Nordic region and is tipped to grow faster than its neighbours. 

Saudi finance stands tall

April 2, 2003

The Saudi financial sector continues its vibrant growth. Stephen Timewell reports from Riyadh on the players and a new law governing capital markets.

After Iraq

April 2, 2003

Is the Iraq crisis principally about removing a despot from power or is the underlying reality more to do with asserting US global hegemony? Stephen Timewell explores the issues and discusses their implications for banking and finance.

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