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How telling is Mark Carney's forward guidance?

August 12, 2013

The Bank of England’s new governor, Mark Carney, has adopted a 'forward guidance' policy, but just how much stability does such a strategy really provide for the economy?

Best banks since the crisis, 2013

August 1, 2013

The banking landscape has altered dramatically since the global financial crisis made its impact felt five years ago. The Banker looks at the performances of the leading banks in the world to see which financial institutions have coped best.

European corporates market

European corporates market: a question of strategy

July 1, 2013

European companies are taking advantage of benign conditions in the markets to prefund, sometimes driven by less accommodating banks as they struggle under higher capital requirements. And with investors searching for yield, hybrid corporate bonds are gaining in popularity. Executives from four leading European corporates share their funding strategies.

Solid foundations: BNP Paribas strong performance has been attributed to its diversified strategy

BNP Paribas CEO makes the case for diversification

July 1, 2013

BNP Paribas CEO Jean-Laurent Bonnafé tells The Banker why the bank's diversification strategy – along product lines, sectors and geography – is at the heart of its downturn-defying performance of recent years.

Developing world enjoys best return on assets

July 1, 2013

It comes as little surprise to see emerging economies such as Kenya and Indonesia leading return-on-asset rankings, though China's relatively low scores may raise a few eyebrows.

Western Europe's state of inertia

July 1, 2013

Little has changed among the leading western European banks over the course of the past year, despite the best efforts of the region's authorities.

Asia-Pacific dominates global stage

July 1, 2013

The Asia-Pacific region retains its global dominance, with the most banks in the Top 1000 and the biggest share of Tier 1 capital.

US banks top banking brands ranking 2013

February 12, 2013
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The brand value of US banks has reached a new high, with four of the top five banks in The Banker's Top 500 Banking Brands ranking domiciled in the country.

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Europe issues hang heavy over Sweden's finance minister

February 1, 2013

It may not be part of the struggling eurozone but Sweden is suffering its very own Europe-related problems. Its finance minister, Anders Borg, tells The Banker why he does not want the UK to leave the EU, what difficulties could be posed by the formation of a banking union and where the responsibility for bailing out banks should lie.

The Top 500 Banking Brands 2013

The Top 500 Banking Brands 2013

February 1, 2013

The brand value of US banks has reached a new high, while emerging economies such as Brazil and China also stand out in this year’s Top 500 Banking Brands ranking. 

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