Latest articles from Western Europe

Swiss ‘no’ does not end international debate on monetary reform

July 4, 2018

It is up to academics and policy-makers to educate the public on the benefits of greater state control of money supply, says Martin Brown, professor of banking at the University of St Gallen.

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Tackling Europe's NPLs: right idea, wrong time?

July 4, 2018

It seems that Europe’s non-performing loan problems are diminishing just as European authorities are issuing long-overdue proposals to deal with them – so are they still relevant? Stefanie Linhardt investigates.

Europe primed for wave of banking consolidation

July 4, 2018

A decade after the crisis, consolidation might mean a healthier bank industry. 

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Leaner and keener: the resurgence of Spain's banking sector

July 2, 2018

Spain’s banks are looking much more stable, having cut non-performing assets in response to European Central Bank pressure. A reduction in overall bank numbers through mergers has streamlined the industry, though observers say increasing profitability remains challenging. Jules Stewart reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Western Europe’s profitability returns as profits increase globally

July 2, 2018

Profitability is resurgent among western European landers, and there are strong showings from Asia-Pacific and North America. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Good news for western Europe as capital rebounds across board

July 2, 2018

Western European institutions have seen a distinct improvement on their poor 2017 figures, with most top banks increasing their capitalisation. HSBC remains local leader but has ceded a place on the global ranking. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Equality means profits: closing the gender gap

June 1, 2018

After influential campaigns, investor pressure and research pointing to higher returns by more gender-balanced firms, why are banks still male? Silvia Pavoni investigates.

New HQs reflect London’s FDI dominance in Europe

June 1, 2018

London dominates financial services FDI in western Europe but outward investment in the region overall grew less strongly than inward. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Portugal’s banks prepare for next wave of challenges

May 1, 2018

Having emerged from bailout and recession, Portugal's banks are gearing up to contend with digitalisation, further regulation and tougher competition in a still-crowded market. Most of them are relying on decent levels of growth, capitalisation and provision for bad loans to see them through, as Peter Wise reports. 

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Portugal CBG looks to tackle NPL and fintech conundrums

May 1, 2018

Carlos da Silva Costa, Portugal’s central bank governor, talks to Peter Wise about the country’s priorities, which include further reduction of bad loans and improving profitability, while tackling forthcoming challenges such as an ageing population.

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