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The hurdles ahead for open finance in the UK

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As the OBIE seeks to widen the initiative to include ‘open finance’, it is important to consider the dangers and drawbacks.

High rates boost net interest income at Turkish banks

September 15, 2021

Leading lenders saw net interest income increase despite tricky economic conditions.

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A moment of truth for Natixis

September 15, 2021

Natixis CEO Nicolas Namias outlines his ambitions for the firm, following its recent delisting and acquisition by BPCE.

Ghosts of European debt crisis linger over Portugal’s banks

September 14, 2021

Pre-tax profits slumped at leading lenders last year as the country’s heavily indebted private sector struggled with the pandemic.

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Cypriot banks make progress in tackling bad loans

September 1, 2021

The NPL ratio at Bank of Cyprus, the country’s largest lender, fell from 41% in 2016 to 12.4% last year.

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European bank M&A forecast to accelerate

September 1, 2021

The consolidation drive is expected to continue into 2022, with domestic deals taking the lion’s share of activity.

French banks’ pre-Covid soundness pays off

September 1, 2021

French banks went into the crisis well prepared, as their performance shows.

Solid fundamentals stand German banks in good stead

September 1, 2021

Hamburg Commercial Bank is Germany’s best-performer, leading a field that did well under tough conditions.

Kutxabank leads Spain’s banks towards recovery

September 1, 2021

Banks reacted smartly to Spain’s sharp contraction in growth last year — with the resulting numbers showing that they are nicely positioned for the future.

Pre-pandemic measures see Turkish banks through crisis

September 1, 2021

Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi leads the Turkish banks, whose adaptability has seen them through a tough year in face of currency depreciation and rising inflation.

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