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FCA takes Brexit opportunity to rethink rules

December 2, 2019

UK regulators see Brexit as an opportunity to review the country’s regulatory regime and shift the focus to an outcomes-based approach. 

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Saxo CEO sees strengths in partnerships

November 1, 2019

Denmark-based Saxo Bank is really more of a fintech. And it is from this long-standing perspective that CEO Kim Fournais tells Edward Russell-Walling how he foresees a bursting of the fintech bubble, and why partnerships are now paramount for all banks.

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Greek banks shore up national recovery though risks remain

November 1, 2019

In the year or so since Greece exited its last bailout programme, the country has made some important strides – but much work remains to be done. 

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A baptism of fire for Lagarde at the ECB

November 1, 2019

New European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde has her work cut out getting consensus on the best way to avoid an economic slump in the euro area. 

Basel is putting prosperity on the line

August 1, 2019

The latest Basel regulations will limit business growth with their misguided approach to risk strategies, writes Giampaolo Gabbi of Siena University.

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A sunny future for Spain's banks?

July 2, 2019

A low interest rate environment, the cost of digitisation and competition from disruptors are all squeezing Spanish banks’ profitability but the general feeling is one of cautious optimism. 

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How Spanish savings bank Caixa Ontinyent defied the odds

July 2, 2019

Caixa Ontinyent is a rare thing – a Spanish savings bank that survived in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The Banker reports on how it pulled off this feat.

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CaixaBank’s digital transformation reaps rewards

July 2, 2019

CaixaBank’s CEO talks to The Banker about driving efficiencies through digitalisation and transforming the Spanish bank’s distribution model.

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Bank of Portugal governor seeks productivity increase

June 3, 2019

The governor of Portugal’s central bank talks to Peter Wise about the how country’s economy is making up for lost time.

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CGD's chief looks beyond bank's turnaround

June 3, 2019

The chief executive of state-owned Caixa Geral de Depósitos tells The Banker how a recapitalisation package helped turn around Portugal’s largest bank after six years of losses. 

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