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Results of reform

July 2, 2004

Serhiy Tihipko, chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, talks to Ben Aris in Kiev about economic progress and developments in the banking sector.

Corporates issue forth

July 2, 2004

The Ukranian economy is undercapitalised and companies are placing a steady stream of corporate bond issues to raise investment, says Ben Aris in Kiev.

The future of Russian banking

June 2, 2004

With a new presidential term for Vladimir Putin and crucial administrative reforms underway, Ben Aris considers the future shape of Russia’s over-banked financial system.

Pensions shock boosts funds

April 5, 2004

Russia’s mutual funds were wiped out in the 1990s crisis. However, news that the state pension fund is unlikely to provide its citizens with much of a nest egg has fuelled new growth in the area. Ben Aris reports.

Losing ground but not heart

April 5, 2004

Growing competition and the countdown to losing its state guarantee on retail deposits are two challenges that Russia’s giant Sberbank faces. But as chairman Andrei Kazmin tells Ben Aris, he isn’t panicking.

There may be roubles ahead

April 5, 2004

Despite concerns over the wisdom of letting a state bank manage Russia’s pension fund, profits so far have been promising. Ben Aris reports from Moscow.

All change?

April 5, 2004

Ben Aris reports on the expected repercussions of President Putin’s re-election.

Spending spree boosts borrowing

April 5, 2004

A flourishing economy is allowing the average Russian to enjoy a hitherto-unknown lifestyle, a fact which hasn’t escaped the notice of the bank and loan men. Ben Aris reports.

Full of promise

March 3, 2004

Russia’s bond market got off to a magnificent start in January with Gazprom’s record-breaking issue and it looks set to continue in a similar vein. Ben Aris asks if anything can hold it back.

Banks join party

March 3, 2004

The rise of the rouble against the dollar and falling bond yields have encouraged some banks to issue Eurobonds for the first time. Ben Aris reports.

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