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Basel Committee plots further Covid-related measures if needed

October 13, 2020

Rate of infections, containment measures, unwinding of support measures and weak recovery heighten risks to banking system.

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Behind the numbers in Spain's banking mega-merger

October 2, 2020

CaixaBank-Bankia union will create country's biggest bank with 20 million customers and 24% market share in deposits.

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The Banker's Top 250 European Banks

October 1, 2020

Top 250 European Banks ranking shows modest growth across region, despite ongoing difficulties around profitability.

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UK challengers seize SME opportunity to gain ground

September 29, 2020

Incumbent banks' tendency to prioritise larger clients has created a gap in the market during Covid-19 crisis.

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London bridges gap between UK and China

September 24, 2020

Despite the uncertain political climate, London has emerged as a hub for Chinese finance – but Brexit could yet throw a spanner in the works. 

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Digital acceleration creating new regulatory pitfalls, says EBA chief

September 21, 2020

Rapid uptake of online services because of pandemic has created new risks that are tricky to monitor, admits EU banking watchdog.

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European banks grapple with digital transformation

September 15, 2020

Covid-19 has accelerated retail and business banking customers’ adoption of digital financial services, driving banks to speed up their European transformation programmes. 

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Société Générale CIO describes the bank’s digital strategy

September 15, 2020

Société Générale's Claire Calmejane outlines how French bank approaches digital transformation via a single platform.

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Unicredit’s European commercial banking heads explain their Plan 23 strategy

September 15, 2020

Gianfranco Bisagni and Niccolò Ubertalli of UniCredit explain how the bank’s digital strategy aims to deliver a simple omnichannel solution.

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New rule change could fuel bank-sovereign ‘doom loop’

September 4, 2020

Rise in carry trades could reinforce trend that contributed to European sovereign debt crisis, warns Fitch.

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