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DeFi: finance's new era

September 1, 2021

Decentralised finance will completely shake up, and potentially even replace, the existing banking system.

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.

Russian banks’ performance reflects national resilience

September 1, 2021

Pre-Covid cost-cutting and digitisation programmes helped Russian banks put in an impressive performance in this year’s rankings

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.

Investec UK crowned best-performer among largest UK banks

September 1, 2021

Well-capitalised UK banks not only weathered the Covid-19 pandemic, but also helped the government support other businesses during it. However, other challenges, such as Brexit, remain.

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CEE banks continue to defy worst of pandemic

August 24, 2021

Having strengthened balance sheets prior to the pandemic, central and eastern Europe’s banks have weathered the storm well. 

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Interchange fee hike creating waves

July 26, 2021

The contentious issue of interchange fees rages on as Visa and Mastercard get ready for their five-fold fee hike.

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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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