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The struggle to find the right Islamic banking model

November 7, 2012

The steady growth of sharia-compliant assets suggests banks believe in the future of the sector, but the dismantling of the largest cross-border Islamic window raises questions about whether global banking groups can make a success of the business.

Cause for optimism in Lebanon's banking sector

September 3, 2012

After performing admirably in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the growth of Lebanon's banks dramatically slowed. The Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and north Africa last year further unsettled the country's financial sector, but, as leading figures from its banks explain, there is still a great deal of room for optimism.

Finansbank progresses under NBG

Finansbank progresses under NBG's control

September 3, 2012

The National Bank of Greece's acquisition of Turkey's Finansbank in 2006 faced much scepticism but the Turkish bank's chief believes that despite the countries' previous hostile relationship and Greece's recent debt crisis, it was a move that has paid off.

Turkeys unorthodox thinking

Will unorthodox thinking keep Turkey's economy stable?

September 3, 2012

Turkey’s central bank has apparently achieved the impossible by successfully tackling inflation, stabilising the country's currency and combating speculative inflows through an unconventional mix of interest rate cuts and tweaking reserve requirements. But can these changes hold up against the changing economic climate?

Extended reach means Credit Europe Bank spreads its risk

September 3, 2012

Its geographic and product diversification has allowed Credit Europe Bank to effectively spread its risk, a strategy that has served it well during a particularly tumultuous economic period in Europe.


Renaissance Capital investment bank head seeks emerging market niche

August 1, 2012

After leading Morgan Stanley’s equities business outside the Americas, John Hyman is working to position Renaissance Capital as a focused player in a number of very different markets across emerging Europe and Africa.

Turkey spreads its wings

Buoyant Turkish banks eye regional expansion

May 1, 2012

Turkish banks are following the lead of the country’s vibrant export sector and expanding into new regional markets, but their strategies vary widely.

room to roam

Turkey offers domestic banks room to grow

May 1, 2012

A tech-savvy, young population and a fast-growing economy are resulting in rapid branch expansion by Turkey’s domestic branches.

competing for dominance

Emerging markets face currency conundrum

April 2, 2012

A combination of policy intervention in emerging markets and high residual risks in developed markets means volatility in emerging market currencies looks set to continue.

Hakan Binbaşgil

Akbank's master of reinvention

March 1, 2012

The new CEO of Akbank, Hakan Binbaşgil, explains to Brian Caplen how the past decade has seen the bank transformed by its embracing of new technology, pioneering new channels, targeting Turkey's youthful population, and keeping the customer central to everything it does.

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