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Banks race to keep pace with Mongolias growth

Banks race to keep pace with Mongolia’s growth

April 2, 2012

Mongolia’s mining industry is driving the economy’s rapid expansion and bringing challenges for local banks, which are scrambling to keep up with such dramatic rates of growth.

The rise of Asia’s regional banks

The rise of Asia’s regional banks

March 1, 2012

The banking industry in Asia is dynamic, with a number of mergers and acquisitions shifting the competitive landscape for the region’s players. As global financial institutions are rethinking their strategies, and China’s behemoth banks are preoccupied with a massive domestic market, Asian regional banks are being presented with a window of opportunity.

National Bank of Serbia

Serbia searching for new financing model

March 1, 2012

Corporate banking in Serbia remains under pressure from excess leverage, legal shortcomings and the absence of a capital market.

Kosovo isolation

Kosovo's banking sector finds advantages in isolation

February 1, 2012

Kosovo’s highly capitalised and liquid banking sector has benefited from its relative insulation from international markets, but its banks must develop and diversify their activities in order to put their funds to work.

Bank of America

Fee criticism brings costs quandary for US retail banks

February 1, 2012

With traditional revenue streams taking a hit as a result of new regulations, retail banks in the US face a predicament. Should they risk losing customers by increasing their fees to cover costs, or is there another strategy that will appease shareholders and customers alike?

Vasily Vysokov

Mixed times ahead for Russia's regional banks

January 3, 2012

Russia's regional banks are often closer to their customers than the Moscow-based giants, but they can be hampered by a lack of both capital and transparency. While a new development fund is intended to change that, some critics argue that new capital adequacy requirements threaten their very existence.

Banking brands

Brand finance survey highlights banks' image problem

October 19, 2011

The banking sector’s image has suffered in 2011, with an overall decline in the rankings of banks’ brand value. However, there are some notable exceptions that have carved a niche in the market.

Qatar world cup

Should Qatar consolidate while the going's good?

October 3, 2011

Qatar is one of the world's richest countries, and its banks are enjoying profitable returns across the board. However, there are concerns that the tiny country's banking sector is overcrowded and has too many regulators, leading for calls for consolidation in both areas.

Roberto Nicastro

Why banks must protect the value of customer relationships

September 1, 2011

As 'physical' relationships between banks and customers dwindle in favour of more remote interactions via online, mobile or ATM channels, the banks that master their multichannel offering will be the ones to thrive.

Steve Cooper

Banks wake up to SMEs' unique requirements

August 1, 2011

As the banking industry begins to view small and medium-sized enterprises with a renewed passion, the way banks manage SMEs is changing, with many accepting that the one-size-fits-all approach of the past is no longer viable.

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