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Pressing a home territory advantage

September 1, 2008

Leading European and US consumer finance players have expanded aggressively in central and eastern Europe, but they face a strong local competitor in the shape of PPF Group. Writer Philip Alexander.

Kazakhstan Searches for pain relief

August 4, 2008

When the credit crunch struck, Kazakhstan was first hit and worst hit among emerging markets. Philip Alexander looks for signs of recovery.

Hybrid capital under scrutiny

August 4, 2008

A wave of equity issuance and market distaste for complexity suggest that hybrids might be falling out of fashion as a source of bank capital in Europe. But Philip Alexander finds that any decline is likely to be temporary.

One step ahead

July 1, 2008

Bermuda’s highly successful model as an offshore financial centre has inspired its share of imitators, but the banking sector is working hard to keep its edge, Philip Alexander reports from Hamilton.

Banks find ways to play the price as inflation rises

July 1, 2008

Central banks may be squirming as inflation expectations continue to rise, but Philip Alexander finds bankers are getting comfortable with their clients’ efforts to protect themselves against higher prices.

Navigating a new world

June 2, 2008

Traditionally a low-risk area, the European covered bond market is now a much more volatile place. Philip Alexander explains how Portugal fits into the wider European picture.

Testing times for rescue packages

May 5, 2008

Borrower-friendly loan terms in 2006/07 will allow embattled companies to postpone debt restructuring despite tough conditions in 2008. But they might be wiser to engage creditors early, says Philip Alexander.

Caucasus calling

May 5, 2008

The Azerbaijan government is keen to use its geostrategic location and growing resources wealth to establish its status as a regional hub, and the financial sector is eager to play its part, reports Philip Alexander.

Incomplete revolution

May 5, 2008

Azerbaijan’s authorities are pushing banks to entrench improved performance by adopting international management practices, reports Philip Alexander.

Time to seize opportunities

May 5, 2008

Azerbaijan’s government is intensifying efforts to strengthen the non-oil and regional economies using oil revenues and legislative improvements. But inflation is a growing threat.

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