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Lamido Sanusi, central bank governor, Nigeria

Nigeria's central bank governor tackles reform head on

March 15, 2011

Nigeria's central bank governor Lamido Sanusi is The Banker's Central Bank Governor of the Year for 2011, both globally and for Africa. He explains his latest thinking on the reform agenda for Nigerian banking.

The challenge of social networking was discussed at The Banker's roundtable

New opportunities in retail banking

February 22, 2011

New technology, new players and the challenge of social networking occupied the minds of the participants in a round table discussion on retail opportunities over the next decade held by The Banker.

Singapore’s challenge as a financial centre

February 18, 2011

Singapore is the world’s third highest ranked International Finance Centre, according to The Banker’s 2010 ranking. But in these days of volatile capital flows and worries about bank safety, how should a small country manage itself as an IFC so as to maximise the benefits and minimise the risk? 

Akbank's solid foundations

February 11, 2011

Akbank chairwoman Suzan Sabanci Dinçer discusses Akbank's plans to consolidate a strong position in its home market while exploiting its relationship with Citi to push forward overseas expansion

Sberbank enjoys a comfortable position as leader of the Russian bank market

Top 75 Russian banks: State banks still dominate

January 31, 2011

The state giants still dominate the banking landscape in Russia, with private-sector institutions having much smaller market shares. The system remains largely Russian-owned, but a number of foreign-owned banks have gained a foothold and are earning a decent profit.

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Thai finance minister fears currency war

December 23, 2010

Korn Chatikavanij is concerned that the country will get caught up in a currency war at a time when its own export-dependent economy is going from strength to strength. Interview by Brian Caplen.

Dr Herbert Stepic, CEO, Raiffeisen Bank International

Herbert Stepic – new laws could force Raiffeisen International out of EU

December 23, 2010

Dr Herbert Stepic, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International, says upcoming legislation could give competitors the upper hand and force the bank out of the EU.

Still on top: Mitsubishi UFJ is Japan's biggest bank by some distance

Poor conditions stymie Japanese momentum

December 8, 2010

Japanese banks have put themselves on a more solid footing, shown in particular by the performance of Mitsubishi UFJ, but the sluggish economy means their achievements have yet to reach spectacular levels. Writer Brian Caplen

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Top 500 Islamic Financial Institutions

November 24, 2010

The sharp fall in Gulf property markets has dampened confidence in a market that many expected to be relatively immune to the global financial crisis. But sharia-compliant assets are still growing, and perhaps tougher times will encourage a more sophisticated industry.

Engagement key to Italian fortunes

September 29, 2010

Italy came through the financial crisis in better shape than many of its peers for various reasons, says Intesa Sanpaolo chief executive Corrado Passera, who shares his thoughts on why Italian banks got it right and how his institution's reaction during the dip has set it up for growth. Writer Brian Caplen

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