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NII continues to grow at Armenian banks

October 20, 2021

At Ardshinbank, the country’s second largest bank by assets, net interest income rose 20% last year.

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Consumer lending boom lifts Russian banks

October 7, 2021

Russian banks almost doubled their profits in the first half of the year, but risks are increasing.

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Central banks strive for stability within their legal limitations

September 29, 2021

The Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina has steadied the country’s currency, which has contributed to overall macroeconomic stability, according to the bank's governor, Senad Softić.

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Rebuilding the Karabakh region

September 27, 2021

Azerbaijan’s deputy minister of economy Rovshan Najaf talks about redevelopment plans for the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Mortgage exposures weigh on Polish banks

September 16, 2021

Poland’s largest bank, PKO Bank Polski, saw pre-tax profits slump 109%.

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Russian banks should prepare for digital rouble disruption

September 2, 2021

As the country's central bank plans its central bank digital currency pilot, banks are concerned its introduction could cause funding costs to rise.

Steadfast government support behind loan growth at Slovenian banks

August 20, 2021

Gross total loans picked up at leading lenders last year while NPLs dipped.

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Digital banking surge bodes well for Azerbaijani banks’ fees

August 18, 2021

In the first half of 2021, the volume of internet banking transfers increased by 58.5% compared with the first half of 2020.

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The hidden cost of Russia’s Mir system

July 30, 2021

The homegrown payments system is good news for the state, but will have unfortunate consequences for the private sector.

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The exponential rise of Russia's Mir payment system

July 20, 2021

The unparalleled success of Russia’s Mir payments system has protected it against US sanctions, making other governments take notice.

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