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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.

Good, but could be great: wealth management in South Korea

October 1, 2015

South Korea has a large and vibrant wealth management sector, but it has yet to reach its full potential. Michael Imeson speaks to industry experts to assess how the country and its domestic financial institutions can bridge the gap between them and their Asia-Pacific peers.

Locking out the bad guys

Cyber security: locking out the bad guys

July 1, 2015

Cyberspace is a dangerous place for banks, with the risk of payments fraud, data theft, denial-of-service attacks and other crimes high. So what are banks and the regulators doing to improve cyber security in the sector?

Turkey keeps calm amid surrounding chaos

Turkey keeps calm amid surrounding chaos

April 30, 2015

While conflict and economic instability rage all around Turkey, the country is providing an oasis of calm, with an economy set to grow by 3% to 4% in 2015, and a young, educated population proving a draw for investors.

Turkeys banks defy difficult conditions and continue growing

Turkey's banks defy difficult conditions and continue growing

April 30, 2015

The Turkish banking sector is in good health, although the country's lower economic growth, political developments at home and abroad, and the continued impact of financial regulation on retail banking are acting as a brake on growth and profits.

Fighting a common threat

Regulators and banks unite to fight common cyber crime threat

January 5, 2015

Regulators are playing an important role in how banks guard against cyber risks, but their emphasis is very much on guidance and co-operation rather than rules and coercion.

Breaking bad banking

Breaking bad banking and the rise of conduct risk

January 5, 2015

Conduct risk – the risk of staff acting unprofessionally, unethically or illegally – has become a major concern for supervisors and banks, as Michael Imeson reports.

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