Mixed fortunes

September 29, 2010

First Bank of Nigeria (which tops The Banker's ranking of the country's banks) has its headquarters alongside those of Union Bank in Lagos

The banking landscape in Nigeria has changed dramatically over the past two years; a swift collapse followed the end of a banking boom, then a central bank audit revealed instances of malpractice and poor management, prompting major intervention. Now some banks are leading the way in rebuilding their fortunes and finances. Stephen Timewell reports

Central Bank of Nigeria on crisis and reform

September 29, 2010

Lamido Sanusi, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, speaks to The Banker's editor, Brian Caplen, and editor emeritus, Stephen Timewell, about the country's crises, reforms and the development of its economy.

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The beginning of a special relationship?

September 29, 2010

Into Africa: Jiang Jainqing, chairman of ICBC, visited Nigeria last year as his bank looks to strengthen its African presence

While Nigeria is increasingly appearing on investors' radars the world over, it is China that has been the most active in the country. However, it isn't just Nigeria's abundance of oil and gas that is exciting Chinese investors. Stephen Timewell reports.

Volatility rules the day

August 30, 2010

Geraldine Lambe analyses trends in the global equity market for the first half of 2010, and gauges how the second half might pan out.

The Tier 1 conundrum

August 30, 2010

Recent positive noises from the Basel Committee have eased concerns among banks about what instruments will count as Tier 1 capital in the future. But huge uncertainties remain over what form future regulation will take, in particular regarding hybrid debt. Many banks could find that they are forced to revisit a now saturated market for bank equity issuance; either that or come up with more innovative ways of boosting capital ratios. Writer Charlie Corbett

Pricing an IPO has never been harder

August 30, 2010

With investors in a state of near permanent paranoia, pricing an initial public offering to perfection is critical in today's market. The list of failed or delayed IPOs in the first half of 2010 is testament to this. Only the strongest will survive - even those at a healthy discount. Writer Charlie Corbett

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Paraguay ups its game

August 30, 2010

Rich in potential but historically low on performance, Paraguay is making a concerted effort to improve its reputation in an attempt to attract both investors and tourists to the country. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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The growth factor

August 30, 2010

Paraguay's financial sector is small and underdeveloped but the country's fast-growing economy is opening up opportunities for both domestic and multinational players, buoyed in recent years by the creation and support of a development agency. Writer Silvia Pavoni


Paraguay banks on natural resources

August 30, 2010

 Paraguay's minister of finance, Dionisio Borda, outlines the government's efforts to make the most of its natural resources, attract private investment and build up the country's infrastructure.

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Ground to a halt

August 30, 2010

Paraguay's potential as a trade route is badly hampered by its poor transport infrastructure. The government has promised to invest in improving this situation through a series of PPPs.

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