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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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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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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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UK shadow chancellor’s door is open

March 1, 2019

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor of the exchequer and member of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, talks to Nick Kochan about his plans for the country’s banking sector, alongside tax and wage reforms. 

Why Italy’s banking problems are Europe’s banking problems

February 1, 2019

Italy’s financial challenges are far from unique, and are in fact shared by some of its neighbours, writes Giorgio Di Giorgio of the Arcelli Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies.

Looming Brexit savages London’s status

February 1, 2019

London’s financial services industry has been badly hit by continued uncertainty over just how the UK will leave the EU. Silvia Pavoni reports.

German banks struggle to regain returns equilibrium

January 24, 2019
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Germany’s two biggest banks have struggled to regain their balance over the past few years. Talk of a tie-up between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank is heating up again, though both lenders have a raft of issues to work through first. Kat Van Hoof reports.

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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