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A sunny future for Spain's banks?

July 2, 2019

A low interest rate environment, the cost of digitisation and competition from disruptors are all squeezing Spanish banks’ profitability but the general feeling is one of cautious optimism. 

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How Spanish savings bank Caixa Ontinyent defied the odds

July 2, 2019

Caixa Ontinyent is a rare thing – a Spanish savings bank that survived in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The Banker reports on how it pulled off this feat.

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CaixaBank’s digital transformation reaps rewards

July 2, 2019

CaixaBank’s CEO talks to The Banker about driving efficiencies through digitalisation and transforming the Spanish bank’s distribution model.

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Bank of Portugal governor seeks productivity increase

June 3, 2019

The governor of Portugal’s central bank talks to Peter Wise about the how country’s economy is making up for lost time.

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CGD's chief looks beyond bank's turnaround

June 3, 2019

The chief executive of state-owned Caixa Geral de Depósitos tells The Banker how a recapitalisation package helped turn around Portugal’s largest bank after six years of losses. 

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From despair to dividends: how Portugal's banks brought good news to Europe

June 3, 2019

After a tough few years, the banking sector in Portugal is back on track, paying dividends on profits, and gathering steam for future growth. 

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Portugal’s economy moves from neutral to first gear

June 3, 2019

Portugal’s economy has successfully turned a corner, surpassing its potential growth rate. However, economic imbalances persist. 

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Portugal's economy minster upbeat as banks cut NPLs

June 3, 2019

Portugal’s economy has recovered and the banking system is stronger, the country’s economy minister Pedro Siza Vieira tells Brian Caplen. 

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How digital disruption is bringing banking to UK SMEs

June 3, 2019

SMEs have largely been neglected by banks, but this is beginning to change in the UK as digital challengers step in to give the sector the attention it warrants. 

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Italy’s finance minister eyes China as Europe tensions grow

June 3, 2019

Italy’s finance minister talks to The Banker about his government’s disagreements with Europe and advancing Italian involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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