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Spanish banks plan further branch closures to boost profitability

July 30, 2021

Over the past 10 years, almost 21,000 branches have closed in Spain. By comparison Germany has closed 14,000; and Italy 10,000.

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South Africa’s banks count costs of unrest

July 30, 2021

Looting and arson forced the closure of hundreds of branches and caused widespread damage to ATM infrastructure.

UK deal boosts Nairobi’s position as financial hub

July 29, 2021

Closer ties with the City of London likely to encourage further fintech investment into Kenyan capital. 

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E-commerce strategies boom as banks look to diversify

July 28, 2021

As low rates squeeze margins, lenders are leveraging tech to expand into a range of non-core digital services.

Unrest in Tunisia adds to pressure on domestic banks

July 28, 2021

Uncertain political situation after president sacks prime minister likely to affect the operating environment for Tunisian banks.

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Global banks step up Hong Kong investment on closer China ties

July 27, 2021

Citigroup, Standard Chartered and HSBC bet that new opportunities in mainland China will outweigh damage to Hong Kong’s status as a global financial centre.

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UK banks’ outlook steady amid bumpy operating environment

July 23, 2021

Bank profitability forecast to improve in the near term on the back of a decline in provisions after a pandemic-related spike in 2020.

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EU sets out bold new approach to AML

July 23, 2021

Influential new authority could have direct supervisory powers and will seek to improve co-ordination between national supervisors.

Serbia’s banks well set for economic rebound

July 22, 2021

The country’s economy is forecast to grow 6% this year on the back of a recovery of consumption and increase in public investments.

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Branch evolution: moving to a hybrid model

July 21, 2021

As digitalisation forces branch closures and online services become more personalised, banks could still retain in-person services.

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