The continuing success of the bank now known as Santander Central Hispano in growing profit, forging alliances elsewhere in Europe and taking major market shares in Latin America is a tribute to the skills of the two banks that came together to form it.
Alrosa is by far the biggest gem diamond producer in Russia and supplies about 20% of world production.
European corporates are responding favourably but cautiously to banks offering one-stop-shop services.
Having bailed out loss-making companies, Japanese banks are bereft of capital.
The smoke clears around BSCH, and Emilio Botin emerges in front after his swift and successful coup de grace.
Universal banks are making great strides in winning business that used to be the preserve of the investment banks.
In times of financial uncertainty, it is always tempting for banks to retreat to the business they know best.
In the Netherlands, bankers anticipate that the final stage of the introduction of the euro will pass into history without a hitch.
Rising competition in the programme trading arena has begun to change the balance between agency trading and risk trading.
When forex trading first harnessed the internet, banks tried to attract clients to their individual platforms.
Vodafone announces its plans to take control of Japan Telecom, Japan's third-largest telecom operator.
Axion4gstp, established in March 2000 to develop the global straight-through processing initiative, is now in its pilot testing phase.
Whether it’s labelled programme trading or portfolio trading, the provision of cut-rate execution for liquid securities is a cash cow for banks and brokers.
While it has become clear that the combination of an investment bank and a commercial bank works, it may be a long and hard journey for Citigroup to achieve across-the-board success.
Belarus's small banking system has remained a sideshow during the tumult of recent years, while some of the most advanced of Europe's transitional economies suffer.
The need for timely and accurate corporate reporting is a universal concern, but there is no globally consistent evaluation of the levels of disclosure.
The autocratic president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka, was re-elected with a big majority last month on a vague platform of economic liberalization.
When markets were at dizzy heights and volumes were burgeoning the rapid implementation of straight-through processing looked to be a necessity.