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A glimmer of hope for Bosnia banks

A glimmer of hope for Bosnia's banks

June 2, 2014

The complicated geographical and political make-up of Bosnia-Herzegovina, combined with its struggling economy and low purchasing power, makes life difficult for its overcrowded banking market. However, hope is on the horizon as economic growth picks up and looming elections bring promise of a more investor-friendly financial system.

Stefan Nanu

Romania bond issue rides out Ukraine jitters

June 2, 2014

Despite anxieties in the market over events in Ukraine, a Romanian bond issue was so successful it helped reprice the sovereign yield curve and prompted ratings upgrades.

Deals of the Year 2014

Deals of the Year 2014 – Europe

May 1, 2014

The Deals of the Year winners from Europe.

A glimmer of hope for Ukraine?

May 1, 2014

Between a floundering economy and volatile political situation, there is little room for optimism in Ukraine. But with new leaders hoping to tackle corruption and consolidate the fragmented banking sector, and with international funds earmarked to boost commercial lending, is the tide about to turn?

Crimea stuck in financial limbo

Crimea stuck in financial limbo

May 1, 2014

The ongoing dispute over the sovereignty of the Ukrainian republic of Crimea, which is currently occupied by Russian forces, has wreaked havoc in its financial sector, with many banks pulling out of the region and depositors unable to access their funds.

Warsaw top for financial services FDI in CEE

May 1, 2014

The Polish capital Warsaw was the leading destination in central and eastern Europe for financial services FDI, with Russian capital Moscow ranking a distant second.

Top Black Sea banks ranking, 2014: Asset quality risks rising

May 1, 2014

Several of the members of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation are facing rising asset impairment, but the reasons vary.

Polands banks take own paths to growth

Poland's banks take own paths to growth

April 17, 2014

Poland’s banks are all about growth in 2014. And while some prefer to grow organically, others are opting for mergers and acquisitions. However, a series of stress-tests and the fragmented nature of the country's banking environment means that some may face difficult hurdles in the coming months and years.

M&A – the missing piece of the regulatory puzzle

March 24, 2014

The regulation of the global financial sector should be extended to include intensive monitoring of merger and acquisition deals, which are a key source of instability.

Zoran Stavreski

Macedonia: big progress in a small country

March 24, 2014

Zoran Stavreski is Macedonia's deputy prime minister and minister of finance. Here he shares his views on his country’s economic outlook and prospects for EU membership with Brian Caplen.

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