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July Corporate Finance Survey

July 2, 2004

James Eedes quizzes chief financial officers and, on page 30, corporate treasurers about the hot financial topics as well as the prevailing economic environment and reasons for optimism.

Reality check on Basel II

July 1, 2004

As the Basel Committee releases the new Accord rules, Accenture, Mercer Oliver Wyman and SAP provide analysis of a research project on the implementation of Basel II. In this first section, they consider banks’ progress and the bumpy road ahead of them.

Are Basel II’s pillars strong enough?

July 1, 2004

Although the proposed new accord is an important improvement on Basel I, it fails to create a supervisory regime that embodies a credible and strong market discipline, says Harald Benink.
John Hawke: “We have really no sound basis whatsoever for assessing capital impact”

Laying the groundwork

July 1, 2004

Compliance with Basel II has the potential to bring improved financial performance to an organisation but only if it is applied uniformly across the whole organisation, says Jason Kofman.

Going for grassroots growth

June 2, 2004

Parveen Bansal talks to Mr Andreas Treichl, CEO of Erste Bank, to learn how and why the bank spread its wings across central Europe.
Founded in Austria in 1819 by a Catholic priest to help devout people save money for difficult times, Erste Bank today is home to the savings of around 12 million customers across central Europe.
“When we went public in 1997, we set several targets, one of which was to become the leading retail banking service provider in the region,” says CEO Andreas Treichl.
The bank is already benefiting from the unusual decision in 1990 to focus on retail banking in central Europe.

Is debit the new cash?

June 2, 2004

The global debit transaction market is set to grow this year, with Europe leading the way. Wendy Atkins reports.

Bringing democracy to retail banking

May 3, 2004

Parveen Bansal speaks to Dr Angus Porter about Abbey’s strategy to change the face of banking in the UK.
With a PhD in metallurgy and with marketing and executive management experience gained at Mars Confectionery and British Telecom, Dr Angus Porter is new to the financial services industry. In June last year he joined Abbey as customer propositions director.

Retail giants find border crossings

May 3, 2004

As barriers to the provision of personal financial services and the movement of capital continue to be dismantled in Europe and elsewhere, the world’s biggest retail banks have been exploiting the opportunities. Michael Imeson and Stephen Timewell report.

In the neighbourhood

May 3, 2004

A lucrative loans strategy contributes to New York Community Bancorp’s local success among giant competitors in the city.

Has inflation been tamed?

May 3, 2004

The common belief is that inflation has been permanently tamed but a number of economic factors indicate that its return is more than likely, reports Anthony Hilton.

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