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Will Fiscal Balance Program bring budgetary harmony back to Bahrain?

March 1, 2019

A slump in oil prices and a large budgetary deficit have left Bahrain's economy experiencing sluggish growth. However, a $10bn support package and a drive to reduce public debt give hope for a brighter future.

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Bahrain’s banks see a future in fintech

March 1, 2019

The Bahraini banking sector sees fintech development and Islamic finance as reliable prospects while oil prices remain low. Kit Gillet reports.

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Sub-Saharan African markets eye the benefits of consolidation

March 1, 2019

The heightened M&A activity in sub-Saharan Africa is garnering enthusiasm over the potential creation of a leaner, fitter and more adaptable banking sector across the region. 

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Hong Kong and Singapore: friends or foes?

March 1, 2019

The similarities between Hong Kong and Singapore are striking. Kimberley Long looks at how the two are working together to punch above their respective weights.

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The Banker's Top 100 Central American Banks ranking: Panama keeps regional crown

March 1, 2019

The ongoing issues around Panama's offshore tax haven status since the Panama Papers scandal of 2016 have not negatively affected its banks, which continue to dominate in Central America. 

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The Banker's Top Islamic GCC Banks ranking 2019: Al Rajhi heads a healthy table

March 1, 2019

In The Banker's first Top Islamic GCC Banks ranking, a healthy picture emerges, with asset growth and profitability impressive by any standards. James King assesses what the industry is getting right.

Mercosur IFCs take bulk of Latam FDI over Pacific Alliance hubs

March 1, 2019

Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance are trade hubs within Latin America, but it is the former that attracts the lion's share of financial services FDI. 

Japan’s banks set sights abroad

February 21, 2019

Facing a sluggish economy, Japanese banks are looking overseas in their quest for growth, and their south-east Asian neighbours in particular have seen an influx of investment. 

Thai incentives aim to spur bank consolidation

February 14, 2019
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In April 2018, the government of Thailand approved tax incentives for banking mergers in hopes of stimulating consolidation. Thailand’s banking sector is fragmented compared with similar-sized economies in the region, but is looking to catch up. Kat Van Hoof reports.

Venezuelan banking sector crumbles

February 7, 2019

Hyperinflation, rampant poverty and a dramatically shrinking economy are plaguing Venezuela, once one of the most prosperous nations in Latin America. While official figures are scarce and often unreliable, the data that is out there paints a bleak picture for the future of the oil-rich nation’s banks, Kat Van Hoof finds.

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