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Tackling Europe's NPLs: right idea, wrong time?

July 4, 2018

It seems that Europe’s non-performing loan problems are diminishing just as European authorities are issuing long-overdue proposals to deal with them – so are they still relevant? Stefanie Linhardt investigates.

US agencies start to simplify the Volcker Rule

July 4, 2018

On May 30, the US Federal Reserve kicked off with a 60-day consultation to try and make the Volcker Rule work better for banks and the regulator. This is likely to be quite a challenging process as creating clear definitions around different types of trading, for example, is quite difficult.

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The state of play: India’s banks in 2018

July 2, 2018

State Bank of India is the country's leading state bank, while HDFC Bank is the leading private sector lender. Rekha Menon profiles the top five banks in each field to assess how they are operating within this notoriously difficult but potentially lucrative market.

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Leaner and keener: the resurgence of Spain's banking sector

July 2, 2018

Spain’s banks are looking much more stable, having cut non-performing assets in response to European Central Bank pressure. A reduction in overall bank numbers through mergers has streamlined the industry, though observers say increasing profitability remains challenging. Jules Stewart reports.

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Banks wait on Myanmar reforms

June 1, 2018

Stung by a financial crisis in 2003, Myanmar has since taken a strict line on fiscal prudence but now observers fear this is curbing growth. Banks, both domestic and foreign, are lobbying for reforms to relax the rules on lending, as Peter Janssen reports.

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Equality means profits: closing the gender gap

June 1, 2018

After influential campaigns, investor pressure and research pointing to higher returns by more gender-balanced firms, why are banks still male? Silvia Pavoni investigates.

The ever rising cost of global regulatory fragmentation

May 24, 2018

According to a recent study, diverging regulatory frameworks across the world are costing financial institutions $780bn a year – and the bad news is this could get worse. By Justin Pugsley.

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Basel requirements create development conundrum

May 18, 2018

Global regulations are making it harder for banks to lend for much-needed infrastructure projects in the developing world even as governments globally are advocating for private finance to get more involved. Adrienne Klasa looks at possible solutions.

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Chilean consolidation leaves six big contenders

May 1, 2018

Consolidation in Chile’s banking sector – widely considered to be the best run in Latin America – has left six major players, and while not all mergers have gone smoothly, observers say the prospects for all are positive. Brian Caplen reports on the strategies adopted by the successful few.

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Portugal's coalition shows alternative to austerity

May 1, 2018

Portugal’s left-wing government has not only surprised observers with its stability and popularity, the coalition some called a geringonça, or contraption, has overseen the country’s move from bailout recipient to credit rating star. But, as Peter Wise reports, there is still work to be done.

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