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Global banks go back to basics

March 1, 2012

Investors appear to have lost confidence in diversified cross-border banking models, forcing banks to decide what they do best.

Erdem Basci

Short-term thinking will not bring financial and price stability

January 3, 2012

Central bankers in emerging markets are discovering that they cannot achieve the twin goals of price and financial stability with the single tool of short-term interest rates.

Are emerging market banks more transparent?

December 21, 2011

Banks in emerging markets appear to run greater risks to achieve greater returns. But they may just be more conservative in assessing their risks.

Isbank’s new CEO Adnan Bali

Isbank chief builds solid foundations for tougher times

November 1, 2011

Turkey’s largest bank, Isbank, enjoyed return on equity of almost 20% in 2010, but new chief executive Adnan Bali is preparing for any fallout from the eurozone crisis and tightening margins in the competitive domestic market.

Turkey fixes a regulator that isn’t broken

November 1, 2011

Turkish financial regulators are widely credited with steering the sector successfully through the global financial crisis. So why is the government abolishing their independence?

Turkey innovation

Turkey takes the lead in banking technology

September 1, 2011

Turkey's banks boast the kind of technology that would make many a US or European CIO envious. How have they managed to so comprehensively leapfrog their Western counterparts, and can this growth continue?

Metin Ar

Breakthrough year for Istanbul's international financial centre ambitions

June 1, 2011

High valuations, rising equity issuance and plentiful financing in a growing variety of formats all point to Istanbul making progress toward its goal of becoming an international financial centre.

Turkey Durmus Yilmaz

Uncertainty reigns as Turkey takes two-pronged monetary policy approach

May 4, 2011

Turkey’s central bank is attempting an unusual combination of tightening monetary policy using reserve requirements, while combating speculative inflows through interest rate cuts. But the outcome remains uncertain.


Turkish banks draw battle lines in fight for customer market share

May 4, 2011

Many Turkish banks enjoyed record results in 2010, with high return on equity, efficient operations, strong capital ratios and falling inflation. However, changing domestic economic conditions will drive new strategies in 2011 and beyond.

Akbank's solid foundations

February 11, 2011

Akbank chairwoman Suzan Sabanci Dinçer discusses Akbank's plans to consolidate a strong position in its home market while exploiting its relationship with Citi to push forward overseas expansion

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