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Thai incentives aim to spur bank consolidation

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In April 2018, the government of Thailand approved tax incentives for banking mergers in hopes of stimulating consolidation. Thailand’s banking sector is fragmented compared with similar-sized economies in the region, but is looking to catch up. Kat Van Hoof reports.

Venezuelan banking sector crumbles

February 7, 2019

Hyperinflation, rampant poverty and a dramatically shrinking economy are plaguing Venezuela, once one of the most prosperous nations in Latin America. While official figures are scarce and often unreliable, the data that is out there paints a bleak picture for the future of the oil-rich nation’s banks, Kat Van Hoof finds.

Political stability could boost resurgent profits for DRC banks

January 31, 2019
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Signs of increasing political stability would be good news for the  economy  in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its banking sector, which has huge scope for growth. Kat Van Hoof reports.

German banks struggle to regain returns equilibrium

January 24, 2019
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Germany’s two biggest banks have struggled to regain their balance over the past few years. Talk of a tie-up between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank is heating up again, though both lenders have a raft of issues to work through first. Kat Van Hoof reports.

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Top 200 Latin American Banks 2017: Brazil's banks in defiant mood

November 1, 2017

While Brazil's banks appear to have ridden out the country's recession, lenders from Chile and Argentina also make strong showings in the The Banker's Top 200 Latin American Banks ranking. However, uncertainty around Nafta continues to pose problems in Mexico. Silvia Pavoni reports. 

Banking on negative rates

December 9, 2015
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Negative rates stunt interest income as banks are reluctant to pass the costs onto depositors.

Irish banks bounce back

August 24, 2015
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The half-year results for 2015 confirm the recovery of Ireland's lenders. 

Asean capital markets integration: around the corner?

April 2, 2015
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As the Association of South-east Asian Nations enters the last year in the run-up to its planned economic integration, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are on track to harmonise their capital markets, while others are dragging their feet.

Top 1000 World Banks – Emerging market banks perform strongly once again

June 30, 2014

As was the case in 2013 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, when it comes to returns on assets, African banks are the stellar performers.

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