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Hakan Binbaşgil

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.

Agus Martowardojo teaser

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.

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.

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