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The sacred and the mundane

January 5, 2004

Javier Valls, chairman of Banco Popular Espańol, tells Karina Robinson about the strategy he and his brother Luis are using to ensure the bank remains successful and efficient.

Turkey deserves recognition for hard-won success

January 5, 2004

Turkey has come a long way in achieving stability in the past year, a fact that recent events threaten to overshadow.

Islamic Bank of Britain launch imminent

January 5, 2004

The financial sector is finally catching up with the demand for Islamic banking services. This year hopes to see the ground-breaking establishment of the IBB, which will cater to UK Muslims while also hoping to attract business from further afield.

An aficionado for the fine print

December 2, 2003

Jaime Caruana, governor of the Bank of Spain, demonstrates his mastery of the detail of Basel II and the Stability Pact to Karina Robinson.
I have been in this business too long. Two hours flew by as I questioned Jaime Caruana, governor of the Bank of Spain and chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, on the intricacies of the
new capital accord, the detail of Spain’s economic miracle and the level of the euro.

Turkish exchange faces charges of negligence

December 2, 2003

Turkish state investigators probing the collapse of Imar Bankasi – a
medium-sized bank that was owned by one of Turkey's richest families,
the controversial Uzans – have filed legal suits against the Capital
Market Board, an agency regulating securities trading, and the Istanbul
Stock Exchange.

Peculiar powers for policing

November 3, 2003

Jan Wagner reports from Frankfurt on the unique powers of the German financial regulator but finds that its approach has not prevented banking troubles.

Maltese at crossroads over euro vision

November 3, 2003

Malta will be one of 10 states joining the EU next year. Michael Imeson reports on preparation in the financial sector, and the consequences that membership will bring.

Madrid puts Basel II back on track for 2006 implementation

November 3, 2003

Following the Basel Committee meeting last month, the US is on side again and the accord looks likely to keep within its timetable.

US loan persuades Turkey to send troops to Iraq

November 3, 2003

The Turkish government is gearing up to dispatch troops to Iraq to assist in US-led peacekeeping operations and in the rebuilding of its south-eastern neighbour, in return for an $8.5bn soft US loan, despite protests from the Iraqis themselves and from Kurds living in the northern part of the country, writes Metin Demirsar.

Legislation changes fuel euroscepticism in London

November 3, 2003

Paranoia is in vogue in UK financial circles. The EU’s recent move to ban internalisation could hit London exchanges hard and the europhobes are out in force.

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