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UK offshore centres fight 'tax haven' label

July 28, 2010

The UK's offshore financial centres do not deny that they have accommodating tax regimes, but they baulk at the label 'tax haven' and all the negative connotations that tag brings. Writer Charlie Corbett

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Tough times in paradise

July 28, 2010

Caribbean economies have been hit hard by the global crisis, the Haiti earthquake and the near-collapse of CL Financial in Trinidad though its top performers still have plenty to shout about. Writer Silvia Pavoni

Bubbling under

July 28, 2010

After compiling last month's rankings, we take a dip into the banks that are knocking on the door of the Top 1000. Philip Alexander reports.

Tightened belts loosen due to income crisis

July 6, 2010

Over the past two decades, as banking in many countries has moved from being an activity performed chiefly in the state sector to one done mainly in the private sector, the emphasis has been on costs, efficiency and shareholder returns.

BIS ratios point to recovery but NPL worries linger

July 6, 2010

Signs of a general recovery in banking include the facts incurring losses are not recording them on the same scale as last year and that even the lowest Bank for International Settlement (BIS) capital ratios are higher than in 2009. The worst non-performing loan (NPL) percentages, on the other hand, are higher, suggesting that there is more pain to come.

Capital ratio takes huge leap

July 6, 2010

The recovery in pre-tax profits to assets and pre-tax profits to Tier 1 capital ratios are a sign of a return to more healthy levels in the aftermath of the crisis.

Asset quality challenge intensifies for world banks

July 6, 2010

With the onset of the financial crisis, The Banker has focused much more of its Top 1000 data gathering on asset quality. This year, a total of 179 banks supplied comprehensive data on their levels of impaired assets, compared with 142 last year. While this still accounts for only 18% of total banks in the Top 1000, it is sufficient to begin to understand global trends in asset quality.

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