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Spanish banks plan further branch closures to boost profitability

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Over the past 10 years, almost 21,000 branches have closed in Spain. By comparison Germany has closed 14,000; and Italy 10,000.

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Diversity and inclusion in financial services: the expectation gap

July 29, 2021

UK regulators are developing diversity policies and planning to roll them out in a way that will affect every corner of every bank.

UK banks’ outlook steady amid bumpy operating environment

July 23, 2021

Bank profitability forecast to improve in the near term on the back of a decline in provisions after a pandemic-related spike in 2020.

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EU sets out bold new approach to AML

July 23, 2021

Influential new authority could have direct supervisory powers and will seek to improve co-ordination between national supervisors.

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The DoJ’s power to subpoena foreign banks expands as the SFO’s diminishes

July 22, 2021

Recent legislation signals the US government’s determination to root out financial crime, regardless of where it may originate.

Mid-tier Italian lenders squeezed by limited business models

July 21, 2021

Reliance on net interest income as a key driver of operating revenue could lead to ongoing profitability weakness.

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Supporting Spain's resilient recovery

July 19, 2021

Spain has a unique opportunity to rebuild its economy in a greener, more robust way.

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Can UK banks adopt a Morgan Stanley-style approach to returning to work?

July 7, 2021

The US investment bank is looking to bar non-vaccinated staff from its New York offices, allowing it to remove remaining restrictions.

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Are Italy’s NPL woes set to return?

July 2, 2021

A government-backed securitisation scheme has helped turn Italian banks’ balance sheets around. But as Covid-19 support measures ease, bad loans are expected to rise.

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Lessons for banks from subprime lender Amigo’s woes

July 1, 2021

A UK high court decision means that if a bank wants to bind customers into a compensation scheme, it needs to consider what is a ‘fair level’ of compensation.

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