Latest articles from Michael Imeson

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How has Belarus become a beacon of stability

February 1, 2019

Belarus’s economy is in good shape, but concerns linger over the high level of non-performing loans and the dominant role of the state in the banking sector. Michael Imeson reports.

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How small Malta makes a big European impact

September 3, 2018

Malta's influence on the wider European financial sector is a significant one. The Banker looks at how the country punches above its weight.

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Malta unveils tools to tackle fintech regulation

September 3, 2018

Malta claims to have established the world’s first regulatory regime for blockchain-enabled services, just as it welcomes a new wave of fintechs and electronic money issuers.

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Conflict? Scandal? South Korean investors carry on regardless

October 2, 2017

South Korea’s capital markets are thriving despite threats of aggression from North Korea, as well as business and political scandals at home, writes Michael Imeson.

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How banks are combating the cyber threat

October 2, 2017

Banks are under attack from cyber threats coming at them from all directions, but are fighting back with a range of countermeasures, writes Michael Imeson.

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Cyprus finance minister keen to demonstrate progress to EBRD

May 2, 2017

As Cyprus prepares to host the EBRD's annual meeting, its finance minister, Harris Georgiades, tells Michael Imeson how the country has progressed from its EU/IMF bailout in 2013 to record a budget surplus and GDP growth higher than the eurozone average.

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Cyprus banks' reversal of fortune

May 2, 2017

Though Cyprus's banking sector is in a much healthier state than it was during the crisis years of 2012 and 2013, high NPL ratios and the country's negative interest rate environment are casting a shadow over its recovery, as Michael Imeson reports.

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South Korea moves to reinvigorate limp markets

October 3, 2016

South Korea’s sound but stagnant capital markets are failing to attract investors. With the main index in the doldrums, the government is now intervening with revitalisation measures such as the launch of a new over-the-counter market. Michael Imeson reports.

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Malta prepares for starring role on European stage

July 1, 2016

Malta’s economy was the second fastest growing in the EU last year, its financial sector is healthy and diversified, and it is about to play a leading lead role in Brussels, writes Michael Imeson.

A bumpy ride on the Cypriot road to recovery

A bumpy ride on Cyprus's road to recovery

February 1, 2016

Things are looking up for banks in Cyprus, as the financial sector and economy recover. But a difficult journey still lies ahead with NPLs still high and calls for consolidation among the country's banks growing louder.

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