Shrugs greet Deutsche’s loss

The markets didn’t quite ignore the rushed news of Deutsche Bank’s fourth-quarter 2013 €1.2 billion loss stemming from litigation charges, restructuring costs and weak performance in its fixed-income business.

Andrew Bailey under pressure over Co-op crisis

Bondholder representative says UK regulator has tough questions to answer on his knowledge of Co-op’s credit and liquidity positions; redacted notes suggest he pressured Moody’s not to downgrade bank in 2011.

The hunt for Mukhtar Ablyazov: Banker, criminal, fugitive, victim?

What is the truth about Mukhtar Ablyazov? Is the former head of Kazakh bank BTA a fraudster on a par with Madoff and Stanford, as prosecutors from Russia and Ukraine to England and France claim? Or is he the persecuted victim of his home country’s political elite? One thing is for sure: the hunt for Ablyazov, and billions of dollars in assets he is alleged to have illegally appropriated, is one of the great sagas of our time.

Q&A with VTB CEO Andrey Kostin

In an in-depth interview with Euromoney, the head of the powerful Russian state lender discusses domestic bank competition, regulation, credit growth and reveals the impact of state ownership.

Netherlands: Tight funding for a minority

An above EU average number of SMEs do not require funding beyond their own sources; the smaller number that do are facing above EU average difficulty in getting bank loans.

Spain: ICO fills the gap

The development bank has increased its capacity to lend and broadened the range of its corporate borrowers.

The Nordics: A market apart

Financing for SMEs in the Nordic region is readily available and growing, driven by well-capitalized and domestic-focused banks.

Credit market mops up banking’s toxic legacy

In one of the many rather surreal consequences of the financial crisis, banks are taking advantage of the QE-driven chase for yield among investors to sell off the very assets that caused all the chaos in the first place.