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US leads strong 2015 trading revenues

April 15, 2016
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Trading revenue in the US is expected to fall in the first quarter of 2016. However, 2015 was still the best year for trading since 2011. 

Who is using the Bank of England’s funding for lending scheme?

April 14, 2016

Lloyds is revealed as the largest participant in the Bank of England's funding for lending scheme, having drawn nearly half of all funds since the scheme began in 2012. 

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Top 100 Asean banks ranking 2016: Vietnam on the rise

April 1, 2016

Vietnam is on its way to becoming a heavyweight presence in south-east Asia, with the top ranking for asset growth, while Indonesia retains its crown as the most profitable country in the region.  

Greek banks stabilise after difficult year

March 29, 2016
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After a difficult year, Greece's four largest lenders are now better capitalised and less dependent on external funding, but bad loans remain a problem.

Canadian banks hit by low oil and gas prices

March 11, 2016
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Large Canadian banks are facing a rise in impaired loans – with the exception of TD Bank – because of the oil and gas slump, with Scotiabank having the largest exposure to the sector and the Bank of Montreal the smallest.

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Top 100 Central American Banks: Foreign-owned banks tap into Panama’s growth

March 1, 2016

Panama retains its position as one of the best markets for banking in Central America, but success stories can also be found in Nicaragua and Guatemala.

Housing dominates Australian loan books

February 26, 2016
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As banks struggle worldwide, Australian lenders seem a mainstay of stability but they depend heavily on the housing sector.

Additional Tier 1 securities: bringing back the bail-in?

February 24, 2016
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European additional Tier 1 securities have been making the headlines lately, but they are still long way off from a worst-case scenario. 

Bank levy in Poland: in Hungary’s footsteps

February 12, 2016
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Polish lenders are now subject to a bank tax similar to the one introduced by Hungary in 2010. How have Hungarian lenders fared under the highest bank levy in the western world?

Global banks continue to cut jobs

February 2, 2016
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European banks set to implement larger cuts in staff numbers than their peers in the US, although big cuts are expected across the board.

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