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Mortgage exposures weigh on Polish banks

September 16, 2021

Poland’s largest bank, PKO Bank Polski, saw pre-tax profits slump 109%.

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Russian banks should prepare for digital rouble disruption

September 2, 2021

As the country's central bank plans its central bank digital currency pilot, banks are concerned its introduction could cause funding costs to rise.

Steadfast government support behind loan growth at Slovenian banks

August 20, 2021

Gross total loans picked up at leading lenders last year while NPLs dipped.

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Digital banking surge bodes well for Azerbaijani banks’ fees

August 18, 2021

In the first half of 2021, the volume of internet banking transfers increased by 58.5% compared with the first half of 2020.

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The hidden cost of Russia’s Mir system

July 30, 2021

The homegrown payments system is good news for the state, but will have unfortunate consequences for the private sector.

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The exponential rise of Russia's Mir payment system

July 20, 2021

The unparalleled success of Russia’s Mir payments system has protected it against US sanctions, making other governments take notice.

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Czech Republic confident of rebound despite looming inflation and election

June 21, 2021

The country's deep pockets enabled the government to react swiftly to buoy up the economy in the wake of the pandemic.

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Robust Czech banks eye digital future

June 21, 2021

The Czech banking sector has survived the pandemic with relatively low non-performing loans and high liquidity. 

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Czech central bank governor prepares for interest rate hikes

June 11, 2021

Jiri Rusnok on a difficult past year and balancing the country’s obligation to join the eurozone with its traditionally eurosceptic politics.

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Moody’s Assigns B1 Rating to Jusan Bank with a Stable Outlook

June 9, 2021

Moody's Investors Service has assigned long-term ratings B1 with a stable outlook to JSC First Heartland Jusan Bank (Jusan Bank) for its deposits in national and foreign currencies

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