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Stanley Fischer

Bank of Israel turns theory into practice

July 1, 2013

Stanley Fischer's time as Bank of Israel governor has coincided with dramatic changes in global thinking about the role of central banks. He looks back on how his work has evolved, and what still needs to be done to secure the future.

Boldly going: election campaign posters of Israeli-Arab candidates running for the parliamentary elections in the Galilee region of Israel; the Arabic people of this area, estimated to make up 20% of the population, are a growth market for Bank Hapoalim as it seeks new opportunities for its retail operations

Israeli banks changing course

July 1, 2013

Israel has a well-regulated banking sector that came through the financial crisis in good shape, but margins are tight and its largest banks are searching for ways to improve growth and returns.

Middle East banks continue to take small steps forward

July 1, 2013

Slow but steady growth seems to be the order of the day for banks in the Middle East, with most countries in the region having something to cheer.


Bank of Israel's tough love pays off

August 30, 2010

The Bank of Israel's authority to regulate the country's banking sector is something that other supervisors can only dream of, and the benefits of it holding such power were seen during the credit crisis. Writer Philip Alexander

A coming of age

July 28, 2010

Enjoying Israel's new status as a developed market, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange is pushing to attract high-tech listings, planning to renew its IT system and playing its part in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Writer Michelle Price

Leumi on top despite privatisation struggle

January 2, 2008

Leumi Bank now leads Israel’s booming banking sector, despite the government’s protracted struggle to sell its controlling stake. David Lipkin reports from Tel Aviv.

Émigré governor under pressure

June 5, 2006

David Lipkin reviews Stanley Fischer’s turbulent first year as governor of the Bank of Israel, and asks him about the future of the bank and the economy.

Horizons must widen

February 6, 2006

Following capital market reform, Israel’s banks are being forced to look overseas for expansion opportunities, says David Lipkin.

What the bankers say: Israel

January 2, 2006

The Banker invites CEOs from around the world to discuss the economic climate in their country and institution, and their hopes for the future

MAIN STORY: Hapoalim joins rush into Turkey with stake in C Bank

October 3, 2005

Israel’s biggest financial institution, Bank Hapoalim, announced on September 13 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire a 50% share in Turkey’s C Kredi ve Kalkinma Bankasi (C Bank) for $113m, with the aim of breaking into the lucrative Turkish mortgage and project finance markets.

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