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Italian job unfinished, but progress is being made

January 17, 2019
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Italy’s banks have done well to reduce exposure to NPLs in recent years, but there remains much work to be done. Katrien Van Hoof reports.

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Lorenzo Codogno: Why Italy’s budget brings major sustainability risks

January 2, 2019

The Italian coalition government's strategy is unlikely to improve the economy in the long run, says London School of Economics visiting professor Lorenzo Codogno.

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Stable, solid, but are Germany's banks prepared for coming challenges?

January 2, 2019

Low interest rates and lacklustre profitability could spark consolidation in the German banking sector. Despite these challenges, the system remains well capitalised with low NPLs and the prospect of benefiting from Brexit, as Kit Gillet reports.

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Herman van Rompuy: Keeping it together for the sake of the EU

January 2, 2019

The EU is riven by internal discord, driven by nationalism and social discontent in member states, and squeezed by external pressures such as the US' actions and associated trade wars. Former European Council president Herman van Rompuy makes a plea for unity. 

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Ipsos bond debut strengthens acquisition strategy

December 3, 2018

Market researcher Ipsos made its markets debut with a €300m issue, funding the acquisition of a stake in one of its rivals. David Wigan reports.

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Who is footing the UK's infrastructure bill?

December 3, 2018

The UK is undergoing a spell of extensive infrastructure building activity. Peter McGill looks at the funding hurdles these developments are having to overcome.

UK finance needs a principled agenda

November 9, 2018

Efforts must be made to ensure that the UK is the safest and most transparent place to conduct financial services business, writes UK Finance CEO Stephen Jones.

Building mutual trust is crucial to the future of European banking

November 1, 2018

Europe's member states need to trust that both they and the region's banks have the necessary risk reduction in place if the banking union is to succeed, writes Timothy Buenker of the European Banking Federation.

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CIB chief steers Standard Chartered into calmer waters

November 1, 2018

As measures to manage risk and credit quality pay off, Standard Chartered’s CIB chief, Simon Cooper, is in a bullish mood.

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Greek banks eye a return to normality

November 1, 2018

Greece's banks are likely to remain cautious, even as their lending regime normalises. 

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