QNB: Strained but undefeated

Regional difficulties have tested QNB’s resilience, but the bank has managed to consolidate its position at home and maintain its international strength.

The Euromoney 25: Class of 2018

Which bank chief executives are raising a glass to a successful 12 months? How are the newcomers to the party settling in? Who’s hiding in the corner, drowning their sorrows? And will 2019 be a year of feast or famine? Euromoney reveals all in its progress reports for the Class of 2018

RBC: Keeping it organic

With asset prices high, RBC has made a virtue of a focus on the organic build of its footprint, with tech as important as ever.

BNP Paribas: Half-way there?

With conditions far from helpful, the French bank has a lot riding on initiatives designed to grow its corporate and institutional bank

BBVA: Leaving party

As Carlos Torres Vila and Onur Genc take over, BBVA’s markets may still surprise more than its strategy.

HSBC: A year of transition

New chief executive John Flint has bought himself some breathing room to deliver the bank’s return-to-growth mode

ICBC: Braced for the trade war

Numbers are solid and money is flowing into the system, but ICBC must avoid the temptation to drift from its conservative approach to risk.

Belt and Road: Montenegro takes the high road

In 2018, Montenegro was named as one of the countries most at risk from over-indebtedness to China for the €809 million Bar-Boljare highway, dubbed a ‘road to nowhere’, but in Podgorica, enthusiasm for the project is still running high.

Sri Lanka questions reliance on China

When Sri Lanka, a key link in the Belt and Road Initiative, sold China a deep-water port in exchange for debt alleviation, it raised eyebrows around the world – yet Colombo continues to borrow from Beijing even as its fiscal situation worsens.

The Belt and Road backlash

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is trumpeted as a ‘win-win’ for all, but is it everything it’s cracked up to be? Or are countries on its route, wary of Beijing’s motives and fearful of being trapped by debt to China’s big development banks, losing faith in the plan?