Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

Banks join party

March 3, 2004

The rise of the rouble against the dollar and falling bond yields have encouraged some banks to issue Eurobonds for the first time. Ben Aris reports.

Moscow’s muscle

March 3, 2004

Moscow City continues to dominate Russia’s regional bond market. With its infrastructure in need of rebuilding, the issue pipeline is looking promising. Ben Aris reports.

Pension plan stalls

March 3, 2004

The Kremlin has shifted emphasis away from encouraging growth, which is now strong, to tackling pressing social problems like pension reform. Ben Aris finds out that, although a good plan has got off to a bad start, there is hope for the future.
Marina is standing outside the Valentino shop in tears. She received her monthly Rbs400 pension ($15) yesterday but lost her avoska, the occasional shopping bag that all Russians used to carry, along with her purse.

Market forces

March 3, 2004

Since its collapse in 1998, Russia’s domestic bond market has made a spectacular comeback. Rosbank chairman Alexander Popov talks to The Banker about its future.

The ratings game

March 3, 2004

Russia’s straddling of the investment grade and high-yield ratings is an illustration of the contradictions within the country. Ben Aris reports that its macroeconomic success story is not yet fully supported by the political foundations it requires.

Russia indicates change of lanes

March 3, 2004

Is Russia’s aim of doubling its economy by 2010 through special economic zones realistic? Ben Aris reports.

Auctions fuel growing distressed debt market

February 3, 2004

The Czech Republic’s distressed debt market is burgeoning. If insolvency law and other legal obstacles are addressed, banks could begin to extend new loans with confidence, says Robert Anderson.

KBC refuses to be beaten

February 3, 2004

Heavy losses in Poland and a fraud in Hungary have tarnished KBC’s central European crown but it plans to persevere in the region. Nicholas Spiro reports from Warsaw.

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