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Bankia-CaixaBank tie-up shows how size matters

March 22, 2021

José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, executive chairman of CaixaBank, on coming out of retirement to help the Spanish economy out of a tricky situation.

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Spanish banks on consolidation trail

March 1, 2021

Spanish banks have exhibited resilience in the face of the pandemic, but an uncertain future is leading many to seek mergers.

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Tourism slump deals Spain a body blow

March 1, 2021

Spain is reeling from a huge drop in tourism revenues as a result of the pandemic. 

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Spain pushing ahead with post-pandemic reforms

February 12, 2021

Digital and green reforms are central to recovery plan, says economy minister Nadia Calviño.

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Behind the numbers in Spain's banking mega-merger

October 2, 2020

CaixaBank-Bankia union will create country's biggest bank with 20 million customers and 24% market share in deposits.

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Spanish banks reap benefits from online presence

July 13, 2020

Spanish banks adapted to crisis quickly – but most acknowledge it will hit profitability.

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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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