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Banks drawn to possibilities on the Ethereum blockchain

October 22, 2021

As a decentralised open-source blockchain with smart-contract functionality, Ethereum holds enormous promise for the financial services industry.

ROE continues to fall at Danish banks

October 21, 2021

Danske Bank, the country’s largest lender by Tier 1 capital, saw return on equity drop to 2.7% in 2020.

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G-SIBs emerge from pandemic in good shape but new risks loom

October 20, 2021

The top 30 global systemically important banks’ diversification and scale helped them contend with Covid-19, but technological disruption poses a bigger challenge.

NII continues to grow at Armenian banks

October 20, 2021

At Ardshinbank, the country’s second largest bank by assets, net interest income rose 20% last year.

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Tier 1 capital jumps at Liechtenstein's banks

October 19, 2021

Low-risk lending to wealthy customers has helped maintain asset quality during the pandemic.

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Philippine banks ramp up impairment provisions

October 18, 2021

Leading banks significantly increased loan impairment provisions last year, ahead of a projected rise in bad loans this year. 

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El Salvador’s bold bitcoin experiment yet to convince banks

October 15, 2021

Bitcoin is now legal tender in the Central American nation, but banks are keen to keep cryptocurrency off their balance sheets.

Double whammy hurts Nigerian banks’ ROE

October 15, 2021

Access Bank, the country’s largest lender by total assets, saw ROE fall from 16% in 2019 to 14.1% in 2020.

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NPL upward trend continues at Kenyan banks

October 14, 2021

KCB Group, the country’s largest lender by Tier 1 capital, saw its non-performing loan ratio rise to 15% in 2020.

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Social factors pose new risks for banks’ credit profiles

October 13, 2021

Regulatory efforts in the UK and Europe to encourage diversity and access to cash could have an impact on institutions’ operating models.

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