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Banking must be a risky business

July 24, 2012

Regulators are keen to make the banking sector more stable and reliable, but by eliminating risk they are stripping banks of their most useful function.

Mixed returns for Europe's savings banks

July 10, 2012
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While Spanish savings banks have recorded negative returns, the same sector in both Germany and Italy is not only showing positive return on assets but also better performance than the rest of the industry.

Denmarks banks hope for slower pace to change

Denmark's banks hope for slower pace to change

July 2, 2012

The Danish banking sector is adapting to new requirements that mean it must hold more capital and conform to yet more rules. While few in the industry doubt that the system must be more robust, concerns are increasingly being voiced that the country’s banks are having to adjust to more stringent regulations than their EU counterparts, and at a faster pace. 

RBS pays price for substandard IT system

July 2, 2012

Royal Bank of Scotland's IT systems failure offers a stark reminder to lenders struggling to keep up in the internet age.

Western European woes continue

July 1, 2012

The eurozone crisis has made its presence felt with regards to western European banks' performances in the Top 1000 ranking, with their share of overall profits down from 46% in 2007 to just 6.3% this year.

US banks continue to dominate North American ranking

July 1, 2012

While the charge of the Chinese banks grabs the headlines, the big names from the US still lead The Banker's Top 1000 ranking as well as dominating the North American list.

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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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Indonesia's finance minister strives to keep growth story going

March 1, 2012

Indonesia’s finance minister Agus Martowardojo was The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year 2012, global and Asia-Pacific. He explains the economic polices behind the country's impressive growth.

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Indonesia's finance minister strives to keep growth story going

March 1, 2012

Indonesia’s finance minister Agus Martowardojo was The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year 2012, global and Asia-Pacific. He explains the economic polices behind the country's impressive growth.

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HSBC refuses to rest on its laurels

January 3, 2012

HSBC has not suffered in the global financial crisis as badly as many of its UK counterparts, and it is already well established in the high-growth emerging markets likely to dominate world trade in the coming decades. However, the bank's new chief executive still believes it could be offering better value to HSBC investors.

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