Latest articles from Karina Robinson

Less a loser, more a team player

March 4, 2008

Critics within his coalition government and the media are rounding on Austria’s ‘ineffectual’ chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer but, he tells Karina Robinson, those who write him off may be in for a surprise.

Old-fashioned but not old guard

February 4, 2008

A conservative stance and good risk management are helping ING to keep steady in the credit crunch, CEO Michel Tilmant tells Karina Robinson.

Herd instinct warnings as foreign banks rush in

January 2, 2008

Vietnam’s booming economy is proving an irresistible lure for banks despite reform hold=ups and expensive valuations. Karina Robinson reports from Hanoi.

Germany’s Britain-baiting Anglophile

January 2, 2008

Peer Steinbrück, Germany’s finance minister, defends his country’s positions – and cannot resist a dig at the UK leadership. Interview by Karina Robinson.

The silk glove that needs an iron fist

December 1, 2007

Vietnam’s central bank governor will have to toughen up as the country’s banking sector continues to develop at a rapid pace. By Karina Robinson.

A reformist with an appetite for honesty

November 5, 2007

Ferenc Gyurcsany, Hungary’s prime minister, tells Karina Robinson how he plans to rein in public spending yet confound the polls and get re-elected .

BBVA’s hidden treasures

November 5, 2007

BBVA may have grabbed the headlines for missed acquisitions but a bank that posts 20% a year profits growth, that pays a top return on equity as well as being a byword for prudence cannot be all bad, as Karina Robinson discovers.

Vodka and banking, the perfect cocktail

October 1, 2007

Roustam Tariko, owner and founder of Russian Standard Bank (and Vodka), tells Karina Robinson of plans to tailor his banking model to current realities.

Foreign banks circle overhead

September 3, 2007

Colombia’s security and economic situation has improved to the extent that foreign banks are looking for takeover targets. Karina Robinson reports from Bogotá and Medellín.

Another world, another business

September 3, 2007

People are using avatars to develop businesses and have fun in virtual worlds, such as Second Life. Karina Robinson reports on the growing response from banks and the potential they could tap.

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