Argentina’s banks go from deep freeze into fire

They seemed to be emerging, blinking, into the light of a normal financial system under former president Mauricio Macri, but that moment has gone; the new administration has sent real rates negative, while economic and credit growth look to be years away.

Banking: Russia makes its own innovation

Recruited to set up a national payments system, the central bank’s Olga Skorobogatova has overseen initiatives to protect consumers and promote competition in Russia’s banking sector.

Private equity can be the big winner from Covid-19 sell-off

While stock market valuations collapse, private equity buyers have never had so much cash to put to work; the severity and sudden onset of the sell-off took them by surprise but they are already looking to make new investments across the capital structure of companies that will survive the lockdowns.

Can banks withstand the impact of Covid-19?

Banks came into the coronavirus pandemic much stronger than they went into the global financial crisis, but will the capital and liquidity buffers they have built be sufficient to see them through the most dramatic economic crash in history?

The coronavirus crash: will 'whatever it takes' work?

A blizzard of monetary and fiscal policy announcements finally began to calm market nerves this week; but bankers and analysts are struggling to figure out what more might be needed – and just what kind of crisis this is.

Class of 2019: ICBC

Investors are buying into ICBC’s business growth in diverse areas such as asset management and investment banking.

Class of 2019: Itaú Unibanco

The bank may be at the peak of its value creation, as the government looks to promote greater competition in Brazilian banking.

Class of 2019: Citi

The global bank has refreshed its senior management but needs to start demonstrating its platform can deliver best-in-class returns.

Class of 2019: JPMorgan

The world-leading bank aims to stay big with long-term investments, no matter what difficult conditions the market throws up.

Class of 2019: CCB

The Chinese bank is making a big push in areas such as financial inclusion as it targets sustainable ways to build its business and support the Chinese economy.

Class of 2019: QNB

The Qatari bank is investing at home and abroad, growing its loan book and building strong operations in Egypt and Turkey.

Class of 2019: Santander

Spain’s biggest bank is moving further away from its deal-making past, instead seeing a way forward for its troubled US and UK banks in payments and cloud technology.

Class of 2019: Barclays

While many European peers languish, Barclays’ transatlantic pivot is paying off – and helping it build elsewhere.

Class of 2019: UBS

Being the world’s leading wealth manager presents challenges in this market environment.

Class of 2019: UniCredit

Italy’s biggest bank has surpassed expectations; higher dividends and share buy-backs could maintain its appeal.

Class of 2019: Societe Generale

Investors have rewarded cuts but restructuring may soon recommence, sparking fears of collateral damage in businesses it still cherishes.

Class of 2019: BBVA

With falling rates in Europe and the US, and Turkey still in trouble, only Latin America – especially Mexico – can keep up BBVA’s spirits.

Class of 2019: Morgan Stanley

With wealth management outperforming even its senior management’s expectations, the US firm is looking to build in other areas.

Class of 2019: RBC

The bank is penetrating deeper into its home markets to complement its long-standing international growth initiatives.

Russia Inc focuses on ESG

Sustainable financing is gaining ground in corporate Russia as firms look to improve their environmental, social and governance policies ‒ but can the country’s notorious polluters really go green?

How Bruce Van Saun rebuilt Citizens Financial

When RBS floated Citizens Financial in 2014, it was the biggest bank IPO since the financial crisis and investors were sceptical of its prospects ‒ five years on and RoE and EPS have doubled, the stock trades at a premium, and the bank has shown it can compete with bigger US banks and non-banks alike.

Six ways to fix sustainable finance – 1: Join the PRB

What needs to happen for sustainability to be adopted by mainstream finance and move beyond the realm of pledges, panels and press releases? The first of our six recommendations is for banks to sign up to the Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB).

Lowy warns on India ‘financing catastrophe’

It was a bold call to launch a specialist credit business in Asia in 2009, but SC Lowy celebrates its 10th birthday as an established figure in distressed debt and high yield not just at home but also increasingly in Europe.

Transaction banking across the decades

Trade finance and cash management may have come under the spotlight in the last 10 years since the financial crash, but these are businesses that Euromoney has covered since launch, especially focusing on how technology has the potential to transform the sector.

VTB bets big on digital

VTB has long lagged state-owned rival Sberbank in terms of profitability, but with sanctions limiting access to capital the pressure is on to close the gap – chairman Andrey Kostin explains why digital transformation and aggressive retail growth hold the key to success for Russia’s second-largest lender.

Chile conservation: Project finance for permanence

Using a model of up-front financing for large one-off projects, project finance for permanence may be the mechanism that can help reach the goal of 50% of the planet’s natural areas being protected in perpetuity.

Conservation finance: Seychelles' troubled waters

The Seychelles was the first country to issue a debt-for-nature swap to protect its marine environment; it was also the first to issue a blue bond, raising capital to finance sustainable marine and ocean-related projects.

Conservation finance: It's time to revisit carbon markets

Carbon markets, particularly offsets, are shaking off their past and becoming a vital instrument for reaching CO2 reduction goals, protecting and conserving biodiversity at scale, as well as meeting many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Finance for a farming revolution

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean up water supplies, prevent the loss of biodiversity, mitigate fire and flood risk and meet the nutritional requirements of a growing population the world must improve its regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices – new tools and support from the financial services industry are needed to fund that transition.

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