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National Bank of Pakistan's triple challenge

September 2, 2019

National Bank of Pakistan is committed upgrading its technology platform, improving its human resources function and boosting its international franchise. 

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A sunny future for Spain's banks?

July 2, 2019

A low interest rate environment, the cost of digitisation and competition from disruptors are all squeezing Spanish banks’ profitability but the general feeling is one of cautious optimism. 

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How Spanish savings bank Caixa Ontinyent defied the odds

July 2, 2019

Caixa Ontinyent is a rare thing – a Spanish savings bank that survived in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The Banker reports on how it pulled off this feat.

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Leaner and keener: the resurgence of Spain's banking sector

July 2, 2018

Spain’s banks are looking much more stable, having cut non-performing assets in response to European Central Bank pressure. A reduction in overall bank numbers through mergers has streamlined the industry, though observers say increasing profitability remains challenging. Jules Stewart reports.

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Buoyant Spanish banks finally look forward with optimism

May 2, 2017

As the Spanish economy ticks up, the country’s banks are feeling cautiously optimistic and confident enough to consider expansion, both at home and abroad, while ramping up their digital strategies. Jules Stewart reports.

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Spanish banks focus on domestic market for slow but steady recovery

July 1, 2016

With the property market going up and unemployment coming down, Spain’s banks are hoping a renewed focus on their core customers and domestic market will spur a slow but steady recovery as the country emerges from recession. Jules Stewart reports.

Spanish lenders transition from stability back to growth

Spanish lenders transition from stability back to growth

July 1, 2015

The Spanish economy's recovery is benefiting the country's banks, which are reporting increased profits and ambitious plans for growth.

Bankia bounces back

Bankia rises from Spain's real estate ashes

July 1, 2014

Just a few years ago, Spanish lender Bankia was on the brink of collapse. Now, thanks to an aggressive restructuring programme, the bank is hitting its targets and has ambitions to compete with national giants Santander, BBVA and CaixaBank.

An end to Spains pain

Will 2014 bring an end to Spain's pain?

March 3, 2014

There is an optimistic feeling among the CEOs of Spain's leading banks, as profits and domestic conditions improve. With the European Central Bank's imminent asset quality review expected to be passed with flying colours, the country's lenders are now looking beyond survival and towards growth, both domestically and internationally.

survival of the fittest

Spain's survival of the fittest

December 3, 2012

Only Spain's largest banks have been able to absorb the losses from the country's troubled real estate sector, which has left the main lenders in a strong position to increase their market share.

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