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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.

Israeli banks up in arms over proposed reforms

October 4, 2004

Israel’s Finance Ministry is planning sweeping reforms of the country’s capital market and the banking sector. The reforms have the support of Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his top officials and the Bank of Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s prime minister in waiting

July 2, 2004

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s finance minister, tells Karina Robinson about Israel’s economic turnaround and his thoughts on returning to power.

Israel determined to sell off two top banks by 2005

March 3, 2004

Israel’s finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prioritising the sale of the banks in which the government has controlling interests. He is intent on selling off Israel’s largest banks, Leumi and Discount, within the coming year and a half.

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