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Mixed fortunes

July 4, 2005

Economic growth has been lifting the banking sector over the past year but the results have been varied. Ben Aris reports from Moscow.

Banks pile in to join Baltic boom

July 4, 2005

Ben Aris reports on the banking sector surge in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, spurred on by EU accession and foreign interest in the market.

Telecoms row escalates

May 2, 2005

Competition for Ukraine’s expanding telecoms market is fuelling disharmony between some of the leading players, as Ben Aris reports.

Bond market signals Ukrainian confidence

May 2, 2005

Heightened activity on Ukraine’s bond market is a clear reflection of companies’ faith in the country’s economic future. Ben Aris reports.

High-yield temptation

May 2, 2005

Russia’s ratings upgrade has caused a surge of interest in corporate Eurobonds from investors hungry for yield. Ben Aris reports on activity in the country’s bond markets.
In the offices of Moscow City State Debt Committee, the body that organises all of the Russian capital’s debt issues, outsized cheques for hundreds of millions of dollars and euros hang on the wall – money that chairman Sergei Pakhomov has raised for the city.

Russians take the plunge

May 2, 2005

There has been an explosive rise in company flotations in Russia and plans are afoot to reform the market infrastructure to make IPOs easier. Ben Aris reports.

Competition drives M&A

May 2, 2005

Competition is the main reason for Russian companies to buy others and realising value is the main reason to sell.Ben Aris reports from Moscow.

Orange revolution fuels foreign interest

April 4, 2005

Since Viktor Yushchenko was elected president, a gold rush has begun in banking as foreign institutions begin to move in. Ben Aris reports from Kiev.

Bonds prove irresistible

March 7, 2005

Russia’s bond market has been quiet after last year’s banking scare. But it looks set to take off again with a bang, as Ben Aris reports from Moscow.

A better footing for the markets

March 7, 2005

Russia’s investment rating upgrade is good news for the bond market as Vladimir Putin faces the first real opposition to his government since his election to the presidency five years ago. Ben Aris reports.

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