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Sub-Saharan African banks top interest income list

April 23, 2012

Banks in sub-Saharan Africa are enjoying high levels of net interest income, but this can be a sign of elevated inflation or credit risk.

Africa leads fee income league

April 5, 2012
Fee generation teaser

African banks generate a high proportion of fee and commission income from their assets, but this could reflect a shortage of quality lending opportunities.

New York tops IPO volume ranking

March 28, 2012
IFCSIPO teaser

New York’s stock exchanges saw the highest volume of initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2011, while Asian cities witnessed increasing levels of activity in this area, with Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanhai all featuring in the top five IFCs by volume of IPOs.

Capital expenditure down but Singapore remains top centre for inward financial FDI

March 12, 2012

The Asian city state of Singapore attracted more foreign investment in its financial sector than any other IFC in the world over the past year.

How lower bank capital requirements could boost the economy

February 23, 2012
Feb 2012 - 1% CA TEASER

In response to the suggestion – put forward by bankers and central bankers in the UK – that a temporary cut in capital adequacy requirements would stimulate new lending and economic growth, The Banker has simulated how a 1% lower Basel requirement might affect various major world economies.

Who loses in CEE as Alpha cools on Eurobank deal?

February 9, 2012
Feb 2012 Greek subsidiary TEASER

Alpha Bank has warned that its potential merger partner Eurobank is more exposed to a Greek sovereign haircut, but the picture among both banks' foreign subsidiaries is a little different.

Paris largest IFC in terms of bank holdings' aggregate assets

February 1, 2012
Jan 2012 - bank assets teaser

Out of the top five international financial centres with the largest aggregate volume of bank assets, a mix of European, Asian and North American centres occupy the top places in both the ranking that considers bank holdings incorporated in a certain jurisdiction, and the one of foreign-owned subsidiaries operating in the centre.

Latam banks lead the liquidity league

January 25, 2012
Top 10 central bank depositors, end-2010

Latin American banks dominate the rankings for deposits with the central bank, providing large liquidity cushions in their countries if needed.

Russian state bank dominance on the cusp of change

January 18, 2012
russian bank assets teaser

The market share of state-owned banks has grown at the top end of Russia’s banking sector, but private sector consolidation suggests this might be about to change.

Are emerging market banks more transparent?

December 21, 2011

Banks in emerging markets appear to run greater risks to achieve greater returns. But they may just be more conservative in assessing their risks.

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