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Andorran banks forced to look further afield

February 1, 2012

Traditionally reliant on neighbour Spain for their customer base, Andorra’s banks have been forced to reassess their strategies in light of the country’s – and the rest of Europe’s – economic malaise. Instead, they are targeting the Latin American market, as well as disillusioned clients of Swiss banks, attracted to a national banking sector renowned for its discretion and stability.

Santander Bank is thriving thanks to its overseas operations

Spain's big players cushioned, cajas struggle

June 30, 2011

Spain's biggest banks are shrugging off the full impact of the weak domestic economy and the collapse in the country's property market, but the country's cajas are not faring so well.

José María Roldán, chairman of the Standards Implementation Group (SIG) at the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision

José María Roldán says don't forget Basel II

December 8, 2010

The leading member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision explains some of the key concepts of Basel III, and how it relates to Basel I and II. Writer Michael Imeson

Cajas shrug off stress test failure

August 30, 2010

Despite five of Spain's savings banks featuring among the seven institutions to fail the EU stress tests, the surprising results can be seen as a positive turning point in the cajas' 200-year history, with reform, consolidation and new access to foreign capital likely to strengthen their vaults. Writer Jules Stewart


Post-crisis reality bites for Spain's Cajas

July 6, 2010

Once considered one of the better-placed survivors of the financial crisis, the property bubble bursting in Spain has hit the country's savings banks hard, resulting in calls for consolidation in the sector. Writer Rodrigo Amaral

Across the board

July 6, 2010

Santander's acquisition spree has left the bank with a major IT challenge. But as José María Fuster, its CIO, explains, the bank has embraced IT integration as an all-encompassing transformation programme. Writer Wendy Atkins

Emilio Botín

December 30, 2009

The chairman of The Banker's Bank of the Year, Banco Santander, describes why the global crisis has largely bypassed his bank, and how the company's focus on customer service and efficiency will help its acquisitions across Europe, Latin America and the US to thrive.

António Horta-Osório

October 5, 2009

Abbey's CEO tells how his decision to pull the bank back from the mortgage market and transform it into a full commercial bank has helped it to thrive during the fallout of the crisis.

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Bad times increase merger activity among Spain's cajas

September 2, 2009

The collapse in Spanish property prices and the rise in loan defaults and toxic assets has left the cajas - the 45 mutuals responsible for more than half of the country's mortgage lending - staring consolidation in the face in a bid for survival. Writer Jules Stewart

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Spain's bright new hope

July 7, 2009

The state-owned Instituto de Crédito Oficial has risen to prominence as Spain's most promising credit provider. However, the country's government must ensure careful lending practices are followed so as not to overstretch the resource. Writer Rodrigo Amaral

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