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Russian banks ready to join the mainstream

May 7, 2007

The Russian banking sector is more closely resembling those of developed markets, as it focuses on building up profits from fee income. But banks face the thorny issue of how to obtain capital to sustain their remarkable growth. Brian Caplen reports.

Playing away from home

April 2, 2007

Nordic banks have traditionally adopted decentralised management structures, incorporating collective business practices while eschewing securitisation. Brian Caplen assesses whether this model can be made to work overseas.

Debate hots up in Davos over the world’s financial climate

March 5, 2007

Brian Caplen discovers that market responses to concern over climate change, the risks associated with macroeconomic imbalances and the ever-present bugbear of regulation are the issues most vexing the world’s financial powerbrokers.


March 5, 2007

Citigroup president and CEO Chuck Prince could enter the history books if he succeeds in the radical restructure he is planning for the world’s largest bank. Brian Caplen reports.

Upheavals whet big banks’ appetites

September 4, 2006

Banking consolidation, international investment and the new regional free trade agreement are attracting the attention of big hungry banks looking for an acquisition. Brian Caplen reports.

A uniform policy that doesn’t fit all

September 4, 2006

What is taken as gospel truth in European and American business circles, namely the infallibility of the western model, is far from accepted in the rest of the world. Brian Caplen explains why the dissenters exist and why their influence seems to be growing.

No easy answers in the dollarisation debate

September 4, 2006

Seeking to improve their economies, Central America’s central bankers have been looking into the pros and cons of dollarisation, but so far only two countries have taken that path. Brian Caplen reports.

Drumming out boom and bust

July 3, 2006

Brian Caplen reports on government efforts to avoid past mistakes and provide security for future generations.

The hunt continues for competitive edge

July 3, 2006

Trinidadian banks are hungry for a bigger slice of the country’s lucrative energy sector but their plea for an end to withholding tax, which they argue would make them more able to compete, is falling on deaf ears. Brian Caplen reports from Port of Spain.

New market takes off

July 3, 2006

Brazil is working hard to make its capital markets attractive and the Novo Mercado, with its modern corporate governance standards, is helping. Brian Caplen reports.

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