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Recovering UniCredit makes return to form with bond bonanza

May 1, 2019

UniCredit's restructuring programme has paid off, enabling the Italian bank to return to the market with a handful of regulatory capital deals.

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Deals of the Year 2019 - Europe

May 1, 2019

The Banker reviews Europe's best deals of the past year.

How Brexit could affect UK financial services exports

May 1, 2019

New research shows the extent that leaving the EU might affect British financial services exports, with shocks likely to be felt beyond London. 

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Belgium's bond double-dip pays off

April 1, 2019

While Belgium's economy is thriving, supporting its complex regional make-up has driven up debt levels. To this end, the country's debt agency recently launched two long bonds.

Why data must be taxed

April 1, 2019

The collection of data is too important to the global economy to go untaxed, writes Emmanuelle Deglaire of EDHEC Business School.

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Ireland's banks pursue rocky road to recovery

April 1, 2019

Ireland's banks are on the comeback trail, slashing NPL ratios. However, the continued state ownership in the country's three largest banks clouds the picture. 

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Orange Bank leverages telco’s brand, footprint and data

April 1, 2019

Orange Bank’s deputy chief executive officer talks to The Banker about 5G’s potential impact on the banking industry.

S&P: ratings outlook for European banks positive, but narrowing

March 7, 2019

Over the past two years, there has been only one ratings downgrade for one of Europe’s top 50 banks, according to S&P. The agency foresees stable balance sheets and good results from banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. But slowing growth in the big economies and low profitability means S&P foresees more negative ratings actions in 2019 than the year before. Kat Van Hoof reports.

Why more banks must support the circular economy

March 1, 2019

The circular economy is a disruption to to the business model that Intesa Sanpaolo is supporting, its CEO Carlo Messina writes, and more banks should be doing the same.

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Riksbank governor refuses to sugar-coat the facts

March 1, 2019

Stefan Ingves, governor of Sweden’s central bank, talks to Peter McGill about how coping with a series of crises has equipped him to share harsh truths with the banking industry.

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