Weak and unreliable may be their image but the best emerging-market banks are among the most robust in the world.
First he sat in the back seat, then he had his foot on the brake, now he's got one hand on the steering wheel! Is there no end to the risk manager's advancement into every aspect of risk-taking in a financial firm? Next he'll be right there in the driving seat, with traders, salesmen, corporate financiers and chief financial officers doing his bidding.
You thought banking was about money, markets and return on risk-adjusted assets.
The secretive world of private international banking is set to change.
To many of the small family-owned firms of Switzerland's Lac Léman, private banking is still all about providing a discreet service to those old-money Europeans who still have time to contemplate their investments amid champagne corks and peacocks.
Retail banking is undergoing dramatic change.
In Turkey business patriarchs never die, they simply fade away.
A year after Bank Austria's deal to take over Creditanstalt, Gerhard Randa has cut the acquisition down to size.
Developers used to put up offices for banks on a speculative basis.
You could never get them together in one room at the same time.
Sinking under bad debts, stung by criticism of their poor profitability and shocked by the falling prestige of the ministry of finance, Japanese banks are talking about changing their way of doing things.
In a time of fierce competition partly prompted by technological change, commercial banks are struggling hard to make decent margins from traditional business.
Dynamic exporters, versatile deal-makers, innovative marketers, Turkey has some impressive smaller companies.
France has long maintained a proprietorial attitude towards its national treasures, including both financial institutions and the French language.