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Top 100 Russian banks ranking 2016: Screws tighten on Russia’s banks

February 1, 2016

While most large Russian banks have managed to hold onto their position relative to each other, they have all suffered significant falls in Tier 1 capital and profits as they find themselves challenged by currency depreciation and difficult market conditions. Written by Matthew Karwacki, research by Valeria Yakutovich.

Farewell to the debt valuation adjustment rule

January 26, 2016
Farewell to the debt valuation adjustment rule

The byzantine accounting rule introduced much volatility into the earnings and has finally been repealed by the US Financial Accounting Standards Board.

European banks quicker to cut staff than US lenders

January 14, 2016
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Since the 2008 financial crisis, European banks have shed a significantly higher proportion of their workforce than their counterparts in the US. 

Eurobond issuance soars among EM banks

January 6, 2016
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In emerging markets, bond issuance used to be the preserve of sovereigns, but over the past decade bank activity in the Eurobond markets has ballooned. 

Syndicated loans suffer from commodity woes

December 17, 2015
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The US commodities industry attracted more syndicated lending than nearly any other business in 2014. It also saw the largest rise in bad loans.  

UK buy-to-let lending nears pre-crisis peak

December 15, 2015
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Buy-to-let lending in Britain is now near its pre-crisis peak. Who is originating these mortgages? 

Banking on negative rates

December 9, 2015
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Negative rates stunt interest income as banks are reluctant to pass the costs onto depositors.

Rise of subprime auto loans in US

December 4, 2015
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The spike in subprime auto lending in the US could cause headaches for less diversified lenders.  

Ranks of correspondent banks grow thinner

December 1, 2015

Correspondent banking remains an important channel for financial flows in the eurozone, but it is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of just a few banks.

Portugal’s banks turn a corner

November 30, 2015
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Lower provisions and a resurgent economy are helping Portuguese banks to become profitable again

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