Latest articles from Michael Imeson

German frenzy over capital requirements

October 28, 2009

Global regulators are drawing up tougher capital adequacy standards, but German banks do not like what they are seeing. Writer Michael Imeson

Reg Rage: Irish government backs banks with bad loan purchase

October 5, 2009

By the end of the year, Ireland's government will start buying up €90bn of highly risky land and property loans, much to the relief of the country's struggling banks. Writer Michael Imeson

Reg Rage: UK financial system set for reform

September 2, 2009

The UK government has just published proposals for wide-ranging changes to financial regulation. Although the measures will be intrusive, bankers are generally supportive. Writer Michael Imeson

Richard Groves

September 2, 2009

Richard Groves, managing director of Saudi British Bank (SABB)

Saudi Arabia's banks are reporting lower profits and higher loan-loss provisions, but business is still good, according to SABB's managing director. Writer Michael Imeson

Adel El-Labban

September 2, 2009

The chief executive of Ahli United Bank in Bahrain outlines the woes of the banking sector and explains why his bank has fared better than most. Writer Michael Imeson

A mixed year for GCC banks

September 2, 2009

The Gulf Co-operation Council countries have suffered as a result of the global economic downturn. Bank profits are down and there have even been some bank failures. But there is also plenty to be upbeat about, with some regions bucking the downward trend. Writer Michael Imeson

Reg Rage: EU plans better financial supervision

August 4, 2009

European law-makers are overhauling the way in which the financial system and the firms that operate within it are supervised. Writer Michael Imeson

Oil price slump has Azerbaijan preparing for a slowdown

August 4, 2009

Banks in Azerbaijan have been remote from the global financial market turmoil but are readying themselves for a fall in economic output at home, due to the country's reliance on oil revenues. Writer Michael Imeson

The IT route to business excellence

July 7, 2009

Integrated applications and centralised processing are essential for modern, efficient banking. But how easy is it to achieve these technological and operational goals, which if done properly can transform the business? This was the key issue debated at a series of round table lunches hosted by The Banker and FT Global Events recently in Jordan, Portugal and Azerbaijan. The round tables were sponsored by Oracle Financial Services Software but independently edited by The Banker.

Tonio Fenech

July 7, 2009

Tonio Fenech, minister of finance, economy and investment of Malta
Malta has benefited from adopting the euro and its economy is doing better than many others in the eurozone, says its minister of finance, economy and investment, Tonio Fenech. Writer Michael Imeson

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