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The secret behind Sweden's success

March 1, 2019

Sweden's banks are often the envy of Europe, but the Riksbank warns of some vulnerability to volatility. The Banker assesses if these concerns are valid.

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Lloyds enterprise transformation chief eyes up the bank of the future

March 1, 2019

The enterprise transformation director at Lloyds Banking Group explains to Joy Macknight how building a diverse and flexible IT architecture will serve the UK bank well in the future. 

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UK shadow chancellor’s door is open

March 1, 2019

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor of the exchequer and member of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, talks to Nick Kochan about his plans for the country’s banking sector, alongside tax and wage reforms. 

Why Italy’s banking problems are Europe’s banking problems

February 1, 2019

Italy’s financial challenges are far from unique, and are in fact shared by some of its neighbours, writes Giorgio Di Giorgio of the Arcelli Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies.

Looming Brexit savages London’s status

February 1, 2019

London’s financial services industry has been badly hit by continued uncertainty over just how the UK will leave the EU. Silvia Pavoni reports.

German banks struggle to regain returns equilibrium

January 24, 2019
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Germany’s two biggest banks have struggled to regain their balance over the past few years. Talk of a tie-up between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank is heating up again, though both lenders have a raft of issues to work through first. Kat Van Hoof reports.

Italian job unfinished, but progress is being made

January 17, 2019
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Italy’s banks have done well to reduce exposure to NPLs in recent years, but there remains much work to be done. Katrien Van Hoof reports.

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Lorenzo Codogno: Why Italy’s budget brings major sustainability risks

January 2, 2019

The Italian coalition government's strategy is unlikely to improve the economy in the long run, says London School of Economics visiting professor Lorenzo Codogno.

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Stable, solid, but are Germany's banks prepared for coming challenges?

January 2, 2019

Low interest rates and lacklustre profitability could spark consolidation in the German banking sector. Despite these challenges, the system remains well capitalised with low NPLs and the prospect of benefiting from Brexit, as Kit Gillet reports.

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Herman van Rompuy: Keeping it together for the sake of the EU

January 2, 2019

The EU is riven by internal discord, driven by nationalism and social discontent in member states, and squeezed by external pressures such as the US' actions and associated trade wars. Former European Council president Herman van Rompuy makes a plea for unity. 

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