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UniCredit GM looks to build a bank for the future

November 1, 2013

Roberto Nicastro, UniCredit Group’s general manager, explains how Italy’s largest bank is tackling conflicting regulatory pressures, low interest rates and changing customer habits to become a bank for the future.

London retains asset management star billing

London retains asset management star billing

October 1, 2012

Ongoing economic and regulatory uncertainty is playing to the advantage of established international financial centres, particularly London, which, despite the recent Libor scandal, has been named the most attractive financial centre in The Banker’s 2012 global asset management survey.

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Emerging markets key to asset management

October 3, 2011

With Europe and North America paralysed by sovereign debt crises, the majority of respondents to The Banker magazine’s global asset management survey are focused on Asia, with more than 50% expecting to increase investment in the region. Investment funds are expanding their operations in centres such as Hong Kong and Singapore, as the eastwards transfer of economic power gathers pace. 

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Asset managers look to Asia as West still stalls

October 3, 2011

As Western markets continue to falter, more and more asset managers are looking to Asia for growth opportunities. This is where Hong Kong – offering a Western business culture within the heart of China – has a significant advantage.

New financial centres find asset management biggest challenge

December 23, 2010

Despite continued economic uncertainty in developed markets, emerging-market financial centres are growing in strength, with expanding foreign exchange markets and inward portfolio investment. However, when it comes to asset management, it could take generations for even the largest ascendant financial centres to catch up with their more established rivals. Writer Charles Piggott


Arab banks shrug off global pressures

September 29, 2010

A banker dealing with a phone enquiry at National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, which tops The Banker's Arab banks ranking this year.

Hybrids: The capital conundrum

November 27, 2009

Danièle Nouy, secretary-general of the Banque de France's Banking Commission

Distinguishing between banks' funds and shareholders' equity has become increasingly difficult as the rise of hybrid capital instruments has introduced grey areas to the financial sector. Writer Charles Piggott

Taiwanese banks hold steady

September 2, 2009

Although challenged by adverse economic conditions and increasing competition in the market, on the whole Taiwan's banks managed to record modest profit growth during 2008. Writer Charles Piggott

China's banks hit new heights: Top 50 Chinese Banks

September 2, 2009

Supported by a series of government measures, China's banks recorded a surge in growth in 2008 despite the global credit crisis. Writer Charles Piggott

Top 1000 world banks 2009

June 24, 2009

Despite huge losses, Western banks have retained their dominance of the rankings due to massive capital raising. But what will the future hold? Geraldine Lambe reports Research by Valentina Lorenzon, Cecile Sourbes and Charles Piggott

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