Latest articles from Portugal

Change of fortunes: Portugal Telecom raised €750m with its Eurobond issue

Retail investors lead Portugal back to market

April 2, 2013

Portuguese corporates began to re-access bond markets via retail distribution in 2012, paving the way for banks and the sovereign to return to Eurobond markets by early 2013.

A turning point as Portugese banks seek growth

A turning point as Portugese banks seek growth

April 2, 2013

Portugal's banks have solved capital shortfalls and improved their funding positions, but finding sustainable sources of loan and revenue growth is proving more difficult.

Portugal's slow recovery continues

May 1, 2012

Unlike their counterparts in Ireland and Spain, banks in Portugal are the victims rather than the perpetrators of the country's debt crisis. This should put them in a good position to recover, but limited access to funding and increasing capital ratio requirements are forcing them to change their previously profitable business models.

Angola's central bank teaser

Portugese incumbents face competition for slice of growing Angolan wealth

June 1, 2011

The tenacious Portugese banks have prided themselves in their ability to stick with the Angolan economy in good and bad years, but they are now facing increasing competition from foreign banks, which stress their international network credentials.

Portugal 'who pays'

Hard times ahead as Portugal feels the force of its bailout conditions

May 4, 2011

The effects of the international economic bailout of Portugal will be felt through the country, but some see the measures as an opportunity for the country to emerge as a more competitive, export-friendly entity. 

Lisbon Bank

Bailout forces Portuguese banks to shape up in time for a 2012 comeback

May 4, 2011

Shut out of the wholesale markets, Portugal's banks are reducing their loan-to-deposit ratios and restructuring their balance sheets. If all goes well they could be back in the markets as early as next year. 

Banco de Fomento Angola

Angolan business offers a lifeline for Portugal's banks

May 4, 2011

Portuguese banks have found that investment in its former colony Angola has provided growth at a time when its own domestic market is facing recession. 


A rough ride

September 29, 2010

The Portuguese government has struggled to convince the international finance markets of its commitment to fiscal discipline, and this has prevented any easing of the country's funding problems and delayed economic recovery. However, deposits are bouncing back and industry is managing to maintain investment. Writer Peter Wise

Safe and Simple

May 5, 2010

The Portuguese government's tax amnesty on repatriated funds is expected to channel an influx of euros into the country's private banking sector. Yet banks must meet the post-crisis needs of investors with new portfolios favouring simpler structured products with a capital guarantee. Writer Peter Wise

The kindest cut

May 5, 2010

A €6bn privatisation initiative ushered in by the Portuguese government as part of a package of spending cuts could prove fertile for the country's investment banks and breathe new life into its capital markets. Writer Peter Wise

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