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Russian consumer lenders maintain outperformance

December 20, 2013
Russian consumer lenders – return on assets

Competition and non-performing loans are rising among Russia's consumer lenders, but their profit performance is still well ahead of the rest of the Russian banking sector

Moscow Exchange reaps harmony dividends

Moscow Exchange reaps harmony dividends

December 2, 2013

The merger of the Micex and RTS groups to form the Moscow Exchange has proven harmonious and, so far, successful, with plenty of big names attracted to the bourse. Indeed, as Moscow looks to prove its credentials as an international finance hub, the exchange appears to be setting the standards for the rest of the city's financial institutions to follow.

Russia overcomes emerging market jitters

November 1, 2013

The Russian sovereign dispensed with a pre-deal roadshow for the first time to speed up the issuance process during heightened market uncertainty and still managed a heavily oversubscribed deal that included a debut euro tranche.

Elvira Nabiullina

Challenges and opportunities for Russia's evolving central bank

October 1, 2013

A new inflation targeting framework, efforts to improve the supply of credit and the implementation of Basel III all pose challenges for the Bank of Russia, as well as opportunities to modernise the country's financial system.

New regime loosens grip on Russian banks

August 27, 2013

The Central Bank of Russia’s new governor has overseen a relaxation in the capital requirements proposed to implement the country’s version of Basel III. 

Russian leader seeks out new frontiers

Russian leader seeks out new frontiers

August 1, 2013

VTB Capital is already established as Russia’s largest investment bank. Bulgarian national Atanas Bostandjiev explains the state-owned bank's plans to expand its activities into new markets.

Highest Movers table shows story after China

July 1, 2013

The Highest Movers table of the Top 1000 has had a distinctly Chinese feel to it in recent years, but 2013's ranking shows rapid growth among financial institutions the world over, including in Europe's crisis economies.

Technology drives Russian retail banking revolution

Technology drives Russian retail banking revolution

May 1, 2013

Growth rates and returns on consumer lending in Russia are remarkable, but the market demands increasing levels of sophistication to ensure success.

Foreign banks outperform locals in Russia

April 5, 2013
Foreign banks in Russia - top 10 by return on assets

A number of foreign banks scaled back operations in Russia after the financial crisis, but those that remain are generating very high returns in many cases.

Russian bank consolidation set to continue

Top 100 Russian Banks: consolidation set to continue

February 1, 2013

Acquisitions by both private and state-owned banks in Russia are gradually concentrating the top end of the banking sector, but the long tail of closely held and regional banks remains.

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