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New blood at Sabadell bets big on digital

August 17, 2021

The appointment of César González-Bueno as CEO of Spain’s fourth biggest bank highlights the lender’s focus on digital banking. 

Norway’s banks in good shape as economic outlook brightens

August 13, 2021

The central bank is widely expected to start raising rates at its meeting in September.

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UK mulls pros and cons of scrapping bonus cap

August 13, 2021

Critics argue that a cap on bankers’ bonuses is ineffective and outdated, but the issue remains controversial.

HAPS underpins improving asset quality at Greek banks

August 11, 2021

The NPL ratio at National Bank of Greece and Eurobank Ergasias has dropped sharply in the past few years.

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Piraeus proves Greece’s AT1 mettle

August 11, 2021

The country’s first additional Tier 1 bond proves its banking sector is investible at all capital tiers. 

Solid French banks start to look beyond pandemic

August 10, 2021

As Covid-19 support measures are phased out, lenders have the capacity to manage exposures and limit loan losses.

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Surviving post-pandemic support: what next for SMEs?

August 5, 2021

Banks should take sympathetic and positive approach when considering an SME client’s financial position.

Spanish banks plan further branch closures to boost profitability

July 30, 2021

Over the past 10 years, almost 21,000 branches have closed in Spain. By comparison Germany has closed 14,000, while Italy has shuttered 10,000.

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Diversity and inclusion in financial services: the expectation gap

July 29, 2021

UK regulators are developing diversity policies and planning to roll them out in a way that will affect every corner of every bank.

UK banks’ outlook steady amid bumpy operating environment

July 23, 2021

Bank profitability forecast to improve in the near term on the back of a decline in provisions after a pandemic-related spike in 2020.

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