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Diversify and survive

September 1, 2008

Understanding UK bank strategies can be difficult. The past year has seen not only Royal Bank of Scotland’s joint acquisition of the Netherlands’ giant ABN AMRO but also the disastrous run on Northern Rock, record 2007 profits at HSBC Holdings and, last month, RBS’s first half-year loss in 40 years, following $11.4bn in writedowns.

The world can learn from EU’s regulatory shake-up mistakes

September 1, 2008

The European Union is in the midst of a massive regulatory upheaval in an attempt to realise its goal of a single market in financial services.

Why we still have reasons

August 4, 2008

The current crisis is not the worst the world has ever faced as Western economies have learnt much from past mistakes.

Throwing the baby out with the bath water

August 4, 2008

Shareholders who oust hitherto successful CEOs for problems not of their making are being shortsighted.

TPG reaps rewards from rescue deals

July 1, 2008

Private equity firm TPG has used its negotiating prowess to acquire cut-price shares from WaMu and B&B – in return for much-needed rescue capital.

BRIC banks profit as European and US grip on Top 1000 loosens

July 1, 2008

The global financial landscape is changing, reflected in US and European dominance of the Top 1000 banks beginning to wane.

Kuwait’s direct action holds useful lessons

June 2, 2008

Targeted intervention, such as that imposed on borrowing limits by Kuwait, could work in other problem areas of banking.

Central banks cannot do miracles

June 2, 2008

There are no simple solutions to curb rising inflation, yet central banks will be expected to find them as political fallout mounts.

Inflation casts shadow on EBRD meeting

May 5, 2008

Eastern Europe’s growth spurt looks unsustainable in the light of spiralling inflation – a glum thought for the Kiev gathering.

An easy target in the blame game

May 5, 2008

Instead of asking tough questions about the macroeconomy and shareholder pressure, people are blaming bankers for the credit crisis.

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