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French banks’ pre-Covid soundness pays off

September 1, 2021

French banks went into the crisis well prepared, as their performance shows.

Solid fundamentals stand German banks in good stead

September 1, 2021

Hamburg Commercial Bank is Germany’s best-performer, leading a field that did well under tough conditions.

Kutxabank leads Spain’s banks towards recovery

September 1, 2021

Banks reacted smartly to Spain’s sharp contraction in growth last year — with the resulting numbers showing that they are nicely positioned for the future.

Pre-pandemic measures see Turkish banks through crisis

September 1, 2021

Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi leads the Turkish banks, whose adaptability has seen them through a tough year in face of currency depreciation and rising inflation.

Investec UK crowned best-performer among largest UK banks

September 1, 2021

Well-capitalised UK banks not only weathered the Covid-19 pandemic, but also helped the government support other businesses during it. However, other challenges, such as Brexit, remain.

House price surge swells mortgage books at Swedish banks

August 31, 2021

The country’s three largest banks recorded close to 20% growth in mortgages last year.

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Dutch banks bolster loan loss provisions

August 27, 2021

ABN Amro increased loan impairment provisions by 285% in 2020, in preparation for the damaging impact of Covid-19.

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Testing the water: UK shared bank branch pilots

August 27, 2021

The 'hub model', which allows five banks to share one premises, is an example of how branch networks are evolving.

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Direct listings: banks still have key role to play

August 25, 2021

The success of fintech Wise’s direct listing in the UK in July makes it certain that other companies will follow suit.

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Banks and government need to coordinate to recover pandemic loans

August 19, 2021

Banks are facing a hangover: after being told to lend money quickly during the Covid-19 pandemic, they now face the challenge of recovering it.

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