Germany: Europe’s bad-debt Goliath

As banks in the UK, Ireland and Spain accelerate their disposals of non-core loan portfolios, one European country is conspicuous by its absence – Germany.

Nordic region shows growth potential

Corporate finance in the Nordic region is undergoing a structural shift for the same reasons it is happening elsewhere, but that is where the similarities with the rest of Europe and the region’s four core countries, ends.

The balkanization of European banking

The sudden urgency among policymakers to proceed with European banking union stems from a dawning realization of the extent to which national regulators have promoted an opposite response to bank deleveraging: trapping bank capital and liquidity inside their borders to conserve local credit availability.

Carney aims to make FSB more than just a talking shop

Created in April 2009, the Financial Stability Board represents the G20 leaders’ first – and so far only – big shift in the institutional structure of international financial diplomacy in an increasingly multipolar world.

Cash management: Payment risk

Recent high-profile cases have drawn attention to the financial and reputational risks for banks of breaches of money-laundering regulations.

China and Japan enter red zone

The slowing of China’s growth miracle, coupled with concerns over leadership transition, has caused the world’s most populous nation to lose its status as the safest of the Brics, in the latest results of Euromoney’s country risk rankings.

LatAm treads water as gap to Asia narrows

Although resilient to the increased risks elsewhere, some of Latin America’s lowest scoring sovereigns have been downgraded the most, according to Euromoney Country Risk Q3 results.

India's identity crisis

India’s business leaders are increasingly concerned about the will of its political elite to drive economic growth.

Saudis home in on new market

A long-awaited mortgage law is about to come into force in Saudi Arabia, but it will be several years before its full impact becomes clear.