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The Banker Awards widen the net to find the world’s best

September 5, 2005

The Banker is famous for going to the parts of the world that other magazines don’t reach and at awards time we really excel ourselves. This year, we notched up another five countries to receive our famous Bracken awards, taking the total to 138.

What the future holds for Mack’s Morgan Stanley

August 1, 2005

Swingeing change is likely at Morgan Stanley under its new chairman and CEO John Mack as he attempts to integrate the cultures of its many parts. 

Ukraine leads Russia into EU

August 1, 2005

Ukraine and Russia will be in the EU within the next 15 years, argue Peter Schwartz and Chris Coldewey, with Ukraine in pole position.


August 1, 2005

In The Banker’s Top 1000 listing in July, Bank of China’s Tier 1 capital was overstated.

Rabobank seals $90m deal for Sekerbank stake

August 1, 2005

Holland’s Rabobank has acquired a 36.5% stake in Sekerbank for $90m, as European banks continue to snap up shares in Turkish banks ahead of the country’s membership talks with the EU in October.

Gulf banks enjoy bonanza

August 1, 2005

Gulf banks have continued to increase profits, reporting record profit growth in excess of 50% for the first half of 2005.

Argentina attempts to stem speculative inflows

August 1, 2005

The argentine authorities are introducing capital controls on speculative inflows even though Chile abolished its controls in 2001 amid controversy over their effect.

Shared service centre use is set to rise

August 1, 2005

Cost pressures and increased competition will prompt a growing proportion of financial services companies worldwide to expand their shared service centres and the range of business processes they are willing to outsource, both locally and offshore, according to a survey report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Savings banks defend special status

August 1, 2005

The war of words between savings banks and commercial banks is heating up as the European Commission prepares its study of obstacles to banking consolidation in the EU.
“The cajas [Spanish savings banks] acquire the leftovers of bankrupt banks,” said Juan Ramón Quintás, chairman of the Confederación Española de Cajas de Ahorros (CECA) – the association of Spanish savings banks.

China’s new currency regime raises questions

August 1, 2005

China’s decision on July 21 to replace its currency peg to the US dollar with a managed floating exchange rate regime has been welcomed by those clamouring for currency reform. But the relatively small 2.1% revaluation of the renminbi leaves many questions unanswered.

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