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First private banks open in Syria as law aims to break CBS dominance

February 3, 2004

Two private banks have opened in Syria, the first since the nationalisation of the banking system in 1961, and more are expected to open soon.

Pakistan agrees to sell majority stake in Habib

February 3, 2004

Pakistan has decided to sell 51% of the shares of Habib Bank to the Geneva-based Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) for about $400m in one of the country’s biggest privatisation deals ever, writes Farhan Bokhari.

How Bush ruined a decade’s good work

February 3, 2004

Jeffrey D Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, predicts a U-turn on tax cuts as George W Bush’s fiscal policy goes belly-up.

The sacred and the mundane

January 5, 2004

Javier Valls, chairman of Banco Popular Espańol, tells Karina Robinson about the strategy he and his brother Luis are using to ensure the bank remains successful and efficient.

Europe must use a different mortgage model to Fannie Mae

January 5, 2004

Fannie Mae may be popular in the US but can this mortgage model cross the Atlantic? This month Geraldine Lambe analyses why Europe must choose a different approach.
Seventy-seven bank chairmen/chief executives from 77 different countries are bound to produce a variety of opinions and strategies.

US legislators likely to delay Basel II signing

January 5, 2004

US concern over domestic banks looks set to put back the Capital Accord again, and may jeopardise hopes of a level playing field.

Turkey deserves recognition for hard-won success

January 5, 2004

Turkey has come a long way in achieving stability in the past year, a fact that recent events threaten to overshadow.

Optimistic outlook tempered with reservations on regulation

January 5, 2004

The Banker talked to bank chiefs around the world to get their predictions, hopes and concerns for the year ahead.

Taking care of business ethically must be priority for new year

January 5, 2004

Banks have only themselves to blame for the burgeoning weight of regulation. It’s time to do some corporate spring cleaning.

Regime change in commodity markets

January 5, 2004

Michael Lewis assesses the chances of continued strong commodity prices and links with the dollar.

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