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S&P: ratings outlook for European banks positive, but narrowing

March 7, 2019

Over the past two years, there has been only one ratings downgrade for one of Europe’s top 50 banks, according to S&P. The agency foresees stable balance sheets and good results from banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. But slowing growth in the big economies and low profitability means S&P foresees more negative ratings actions in 2019 than the year before. Kat Van Hoof reports.

Why more banks must support the circular economy

March 1, 2019

The circular economy is a disruption to to the business model that Intesa Sanpaolo is supporting, its CEO Carlo Messina writes, and more banks should be doing the same.

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Mexico's deputy finance minister prepares for poverty fight

March 1, 2019

Mexico’s deputy finance minister, Arturo Herrera, talks to Jane Monahan about how the country’s new government plans to effect social change through economic policy.

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Barclays brings home a rare Israel opportunity

March 1, 2019

In early 2019, the state of Israel conducted its largest ever international deal. Joint lead manager Barclays utilised its long-standing history in the country to help make the deal a success.

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Riksbank governor refuses to sugar-coat the facts

March 1, 2019

Stefan Ingves, governor of Sweden’s central bank, talks to Peter McGill about how coping with a series of crises has equipped him to share harsh truths with the banking industry.

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The secret behind Sweden's success

March 1, 2019

Sweden's banks are often the envy of Europe, but the Riksbank warns of some vulnerability to volatility. The Banker assesses if these concerns are valid.

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How will Mexico fare under López Obrador?

March 1, 2019

The Banker looks at how the early policies of new Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador are being greeted by the financial sector and businesses.

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What are Latin America's prospects for 2019?

March 1, 2019

The Banker asked a group of economists to share their views on Latin America’s prospects in 2019, as new administrations promise change, Argentina deals with austerity and US-China trade tensions threaten to hit exporters. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Smaller and stronger: will consolidation shake up Middle East banking?

March 1, 2019

Consolidation is hitting banks operating within the GCC, creating regional 'mega-banks'. However, the appetite for M&A in the rest of the Middle East remains stilted.

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Lloyds enterprise transformation chief eyes up the bank of the future

March 1, 2019

The enterprise transformation director at Lloyds Banking Group explains to Joy Macknight how building a diverse and flexible IT architecture will serve the UK bank well in the future. 

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