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August 2015

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  • With unprecedented turbulence in the stock market shaking investor confidence, gold remains a strong focus in China. Confidence in the retail market is stubbornly high as talk of a yuan-denominated fix swells
  • It is the biggest and the best bank in a troubled market. The bank almost got an IPO away in 2011 before Argentina’s economy turned. The market hasn’t improved since then. But rather than sit and wait it out, the bank is investing heavily to be in the best possible shape when – if – the political and economic outlook improves.
  • The Taiwan-based bank is determined to break free of the island’s narrow horizons by moving into the markets of its much larger neighbours.
  • Interviews with CEOs of top banks around the globe, including Bank of Cyprus, ING, Santander Rio, and Standard Bank.
  • The CEO of OCBC wants to show the Asian market that the bank is a force to be reckoned with outside Singapore, across all areas of financial services. A big acquisition in Hong Kong has made the market sit up and take notice.
  • The bank – along with Egypt – has been on nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for the past four years. It has been exciting and scary, says CEO Hisham Ezz Al Arab, but the worst is very much in the past. How did the bank survive? And what is it looking forward to?
  • Erste’s long-serving chief executive has already transformed the bank once, by taking it into the former communist countries of emerging Europe. Now he is looking to reinvent it again as a cutting-edge digital player.
  • Two years ago, John Hourican took over a bank flattened by haircuts on Greek bonds, whose depositors had seen their money seized and where borrowers were defaulting en masse. Somehow, through determination, hard work and maybe a little luck, he turned it round. Deposits are coming back, NPLs are being dealt with, assets shed and capital raised. The bank is profitable and confidence has been restored. As John Hourican steps down as CEO, the story of our banker of the year for 2015 is also one of redemption.
  • When Standard Bank ran into trouble during its plans for emerging market domination, the board decided it would take two chief executives to wrap up its global business and bring the bank back to its African roots. How can two co-CEOs pull together for one cause?
  • When seven failing cajas were forced together, it was supposed to dampen their problems, not amplify them. Despite many doubts and hard decisions, Bankia’s chief executive Jose Sevilla Alvarez has been ambitious in restoring profitability and recovering the bank
  • The banking business of RBC Caribbean was close to dissolution less than three years ago but is now on a path towards profitability and reconnection with the communities that it serves. Kirk Dudtschak, the bank’s executive vice-president, was in the eye of the storm.
  • ING’s chief executive walks and talks digital. Today he leads a stronger, freer institution – one that is using pure online banking to grab customers from incumbents. While the bank grows as a force in lending to industry around the world, it is also building up an SME and consumer-lending portfolio in some of Europe’s biggest retail markets
  • Draft bill to split off prop trading; national discretion allowed.
  • The only surprise about Wednesday's change at the top of Barclays is the speed at which the new chairman has chosen to take direct responsibility for meeting the considerable challenge of providing a decent return to shareholders.
  • The industry reacts to RBS's decision to retrench its international transaction services operations, referring clients instead to BNP Paribas.
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