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Currency exchange in Russia

Russia's central bank governor happy with hands-off approach

December 1, 2011

Russian central bank governor Sergei Ignatiev's decision not to intervene when the country's currency came under pressure earlier this year has been welcomed by economists as a sign that the country's commitment to a more open economy is genuine. The governor explains to The Banker that such a policy is part of his long-term plan for the country.

Sir John Vickers

Vickers reforms force radical overhaul of UK banking

December 1, 2011

The UK government is expected to announce this month that it will implement in full the far-reaching reforms proposed by the Independent Commission on Banking. What will this mean for the UK banking sector?

Vikram Pandit, Citi

Vikram Pandit's Citi Vision

November 1, 2011

Citi CEO Vikram Pandit talks to The Banker editor Brian Caplen about the bank's profitable performance over the past 18 months, its cultural difficulties in Asia, how it will cope with Basel III and Dodd-Frank, and where the bank's future growth will come from.

Vickers report is harsh but necessary

October 3, 2011

Bankers have been vocal in their opposition to the recommendations from the Independent Commission on Banking's final report, with some threatening to leave the country if regulation becomes too severe. But in economies where the financial sector has the potential to bankrupt the entire country, regulators are right to protect the economy. 

Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt: EU members must pull in the same direction

September 1, 2011

The EU has lost its way. Only by reverting to its original intention – of pooled sovereignty with all members pulling in the same direction for the greater good – can it get begin to recover from the crisis that currently engulfs it.

Eastern Europe grows while the west stagnates

September 1, 2011

Newer EU member countries in central and eastern Europe are notable for their performance in terms of returns and growth, as The Banker's Top 200 EU Banks ranking shows.

Regeneration efforts in Rio de Janeiro shuold help fill Brazil's housing shortage

Long-term funding holds key to Brazil's future economic stability

June 30, 2011

Brazil is undergoing a renaissance, with its improving standards of living and a consumer credit boom. The next challenge is to secure longer-term funding for the fledgling mortgage market and reduce interest rates.

Petrobras is looking at the euro and sterling markets more closely

Petrobras eyes euro and sterling markets

June 30, 2011

Brazilian oil company Petrobras is planning to take advantage of the changing world order in currency terms by reducing its reliance on the US dollar in favour of the euro and sterling markets.

Brazil’s stock exchange plays catch up

June 30, 2011

Previously reliant on their own resources or bank loans to raise capital, companies in Brazil are now recognising the benefits of listing. But it will take a while before the country's stock exchange catches up with others around the world.

The rise of China's banks goes on and on

June 30, 2011

The rise of China's banking sector shows no signs of abating in this year's Top 1000 World Banks ranking, with the highest movers table dominated by financial institutions from the country.

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