Latest articles from Michael Imeson


Sweden's banks emerge from the crisis in good health

May 4, 2011

The Swedish economy has bounced back well from the crisis, with banks among the main beneficiaries. Leading bankers at three of the country's biggest banks - Nordea, Swedbank and Handelsbanken - explain how they have achieved such impressive results. 

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Malta extends its banking reach

March 23, 2011

Malta's domestic banking sector is small and follows traditional principles, yet a steadily growing international banking presence is capitalising on interesting new opportunities such as those presented by the island’s emerging fund management and insurance industries.

Michael Bonello, governor of the Central Bank of Malta

Malta's central bank plans for healthy future

March 22, 2011

Michael Bonello, the governor of the Central Bank of Malta, outlines his country’s key economic strengths, especially in the financial sector, and explains what is being done to remedy any weaknesses.

Malta's regulatory regime is firm but flexible

March 22, 2011

Malta has a robust regulatory framework, but it is also a place where things can get done, with the MFSA, the single regulator, willing to advise firms so that their projects comply with regulations.

Lawrence Gonzi, prime minister, Malta

Maltese prime minister on the benefits of the euro

March 22, 2011

Malta has done well out of EU and eurozone membership, with clear benefits accruing not only to the financial services sector, but also to tourism and other sectors, as its prime minister, Lawrence Gonzi, explains.

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Malta: a small island making a big impact

March 22, 2011

International comparison indices rate Malta’s financial sector highly, proof that the banks, funds, fund managers, insurance companies and other firms that have set up business in the EU’s smallest country have made a good choice. 

José María Roldán, chairman of the Standards Implementation Group (SIG) at the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision

José María Roldán says don't forget Basel II

December 8, 2010

The leading member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision explains some of the key concepts of Basel III, and how it relates to Basel I and II. Writer Michael Imeson

Michael Imeson, Contributing editor, The Banker

New priorities in financial marketing

December 8, 2010

Rebuilding customer trust is probably the top priority for bank marketing and communications executives today. Also high on the agenda are exploiting the opportunities presented by social media, dealing with customer complaints and improving customer data management.

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Lifting off again

September 29, 2010

The Dutch banking sector has returned to some semblance of normality following the global crisis, with AAA rated Rabobank leading the way and other banks busy rebuilding their reputations. However, fears of a contagion effect from troubled economies in southern Europe, or even a double-dip recession in some of the world's larger economies, are adding caution to any optimism. Writer Michael Imeson

South African banks in limbo

May 28, 2010

South Africa's authorities are hesitating over proposals to cut bank charges and open up the payments system to non-bank providers, causing frustration and paralysis. Writer Michael Imeson

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