Impact banking: Erste – the social banking network

Impact banking: Erste – the social banking network

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

The transition to capitalism has brought prosperity to much of emerging Europe but left large sections of society struggling to catch up – now Austria’s Erste Group is going back to its roots to bring prosperity to the region through social banking.

FX: What’s in store for the Turkish lira?

FX: What’s in store for the Turkish lira?

Traders have been staying away from the Turkish currency this year as they watched a steady decline in its value against the dollar, but the recent deterioration of relations between Turkey and the US sent the currency spiralling into a full-blown crisis.

ICO mania goes mainstream in Moscow

ICO mania goes mainstream in Moscow

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Cryptocurrencies are still not legal in Russia for now, but that isn’t stopping businesses from preparing to take hold of the future.

CEE banking: Heaven or hell

CEE banking: Heaven or hell

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

A proposed tie-up between UniCredit and Société Générale would be a real game changer in the region: complementary and challenging.

Country risk: Russia takes centre stage

Country risk: Russia takes centre stage

By JEREMY WELTMAN

When the World Cup fanfare is over, investors must gauge whether the country represents a better bet than other emerging markets – and there are still some nagging doubts.