Latest articles from Western Europe

Does cutting NPLs make Italy a land of opportunity?

May 1, 2018

The state is making it easier for Italian banks to reduce their cripplingly high level of non-performing loans, but investors should proceed with caution even in the new climate. 

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Is the party over for Turkey's banks?

April 3, 2018

Turkey’s banks enjoyed a bumper year in 2017, but a combination of foreign currency debt, internal strife and strained relations with the US could spell the end for the good times. Tom Stevenson reports.

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Is Turkey's economy at risk of overheating?

April 3, 2018

Amid rumours that Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be bringing elections forward to mid-2018, observers fear a pumped-up ‘campaign economy’ will overheat. Tom Stevenson reports.

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The women behind JPMorgan’s EMEA transaction banking business

April 3, 2018

JPMorgan has long been committed to diversity in its workforce and its approach is yielding results. Joy Macknight talks to the women heading the US bank’s Europe, the Middle East and Africa treasury services business lines to gain insight into the drivers of change in the region. 

The UK's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation: a new sheriff in town?

March 22, 2018

A new UK anti-corruption authority looks set to wield an increased level of power, meaning compliance officers may have to review their strategies in the country, write Steven Farmer and Aaron Hutman.

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DNB CFO seeks cost efficiency in digital strategy

March 1, 2018

DNB’s chief financial officer, Kjerstin Braathen, tells Joy Macknight how Norway’s largest bank is optimising its people, technology and resources to get the most out of its digital transformation.

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Iceland bond issue brings it in from the cold

March 1, 2018

As part of its journey back to prosperity after a severe recession, Iceland made a belated return to the international markets with a successful bond issuance. David Wigan reports.

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Complex but rewarding: how 2018 is shaping up for UK banks

March 1, 2018

After a bumper 2017, UK bank treasury departments are forging ahead with their funding and capital strategies. At the front of their minds is the end of the central bank’s liquidity schemes, ring-fencing complications, and the first UK senior non-preferred bond. Danielle Myles reports.

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UK embraces the role of global pioneer in Open Banking

March 1, 2018

The UK has taken a giant step into the unknown, launching Open Banking ahead of its European counterparts. While not all the designated banks were ready on time, the initiative lays the groundwork for a range of new propositions for consumers and businesses. Joy Macknight reports.

No room for complacency over MiFID II

February 26, 2018

After years of preparation, the rollout of MiFID II in January provided relatively little drama. But, says PwC’s Luke Nelson, it is early days and Brexit could still complicate matters, so firms should stay on their toes. 

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