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Shifting sands

The shifting sands in European payments

August 17, 2022

A huge project backed by the European Central Bank and the continent’s major lenders looks to further accelerate the digital transformation of the European payments sector.

Cash management & tech

Cash management complexity brings banks and fintechs together

August 3, 2022

Using technology, banks and fintechs vitally must co-operate to ensure accurate cash-flow forecasts.

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ECB introduces the Transmission Protection Instrument

August 3, 2022

The ECB’s new tool aims to ensure stable monetary policy in Europe, but will its high bar ever be cleared?

BNP Paribas

Intra-EBU exposure reforms is a step in the right direction

August 1, 2022

The biggest lenders in Europe are set to have their cross-border exposures in the European Banking Union redefined.

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German banks hold firm in difficult times

July 4, 2022

While Germany’s banks face serious economic and geopolitical headwinds, they have been generating good profits and are well capitalised, so should be able to ride out the storm. 

Mixed fortunes for European banks’ capital positions

July 4, 2022

It was a mixed picture for European banks’ capital positions in 2021, with almost every lender in the top 10 table for central and eastern Europe seeing a rise in their Tier 1 capital, yet the opposite was true for western Europe.

Société Générale crowned best-performing French lender

July 4, 2022

France’s largest banks are well positioned to absorb the blows from risks stemming from exposure to Russia, after rebounding from the Covid-19 pandemic in impressive fashion.

Bankinter shines brightest among Spain’s banks

July 4, 2022

Spain’s banking sector is on a steady course in its recovery, but improving profitability is the biggest challenge facing Spanish lenders.

German banks in good health but face increasing competition

July 4, 2022

Germany’s biggest lenders have remained stable during the past few years, but one of the major issues the country’s banks face is increased competition from peers in the eurozone.

Mediolanum tops performance ranking for Italian banks

July 4, 2022

Italian lenders are on track for a good recovery after being hit hard by Covid-19, but they still face several risks. 

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