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  1. June 23, 2014

    Spanish banks enjoy renascent spirit

    A little over a year ago, the leaning tower of Bankia’s headquarters on the Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid’s main...

  2. April 30, 2014

    BBVA signals turnround in Spanish assets

    BBVA posted a sharper than expected fall in first quarter net profit on Tuesday, but signalled that asset quality in its...

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  1. The Future of Spanish Businesses 2012

    With the domestic economy in crisis, many executives feel the need to diversify abroad...
  2. Investing in Spain

    As its bankers find renewed confidence, the property market stirs and large constructi...
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  1. February 20, 2014

    BBVA buys US digital bank Simple to increase online offering

    BBVA has agreed to buy Simple, a fast-expanding digital bank in the US, in a move that highlights the growing importance of...

  2. February 2, 2014

    Spanish banks: small is beautiful

    Fortune, they say, favours the bold. So perhaps this is the time to invest in Spanish banks. Yes, it was a popular trade in...

  3. January 31, 2014

    BBVA outlook ‘significantly improved’

    Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria on Friday posted a €677m net loss for the fourth quarter because of a €2.6bn pre-tax loss on...

  4. December 18, 2013

    Optimism on Spanish banks grows as oligopoly looms

    Much like vinyl records and moustaches, Spanish banks are enjoying a popular comeback that has defied even the most...

  5. November 29, 2013

    Spain gives lenders green light to reclassify €30bn of DTAs

    The government of Spain has told Banco Santander, BBVA, Caixabank and other domestic lenders that they can reclassify €30bn...

  6. October 27, 2013

    Spanish banks: winter sun

    Everyone has been heading to Spain for the winter. Shares in Spanish banks have been surging of late – Santander, BBVA,...

  7. October 25, 2013

    Bad loans rise in third quarter at BBVA and Caixabank

    The legacy of the Spanish property collapse continued to weigh on BBVA and Caixabank as the two lenders reported a rise in...

  8. October 17, 2013

    BBVA: Checking out of China?

    Bankers complain that capital rules create perverse outcomes. Here is a deal that will give them new ammunition. BBVA’s...

  9. October 17, 2013

    BBVA raises €1bn from Citic Bank stake sale

    BBVA has raised almost €1bn by selling 5 per of its stake in Citic Bank back to the Chinese lender’s parent in a move to...

  10. September 11, 2013

    Madrid to help Spain’s banks rebuild balance sheets

    Madrid is set to offer a crucial helping hand to Spain’s troubled financial sector by allowing banks such as Santander, BBVA...

  11. September 3, 2013

    Bank of America prepares for $1.5bn exit from CCB

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch has launched the $1.5bn sale of its final 1 per cent stake in China Construction Bank, ending...

  12. September 1, 2013

    Fund focus: Invesco’s faith in euro pays off

    Jeff Taylor, manager of the £1.1bn Invesco European Equity fund, has answered a scathing Morningstar OBSR report concerning...

  13. July 31, 2013

    BBVA profits rise on Latin America growth

    BBVA came close to doubling its profits in the first half of the year, on the back of another strong performance by the...

  14. July 10, 2013

    EU banks: lack of resolution

    He who pays the piper calls the tune. But in Europe the piper is uppity and wants to choose the whole playlist. Germany (the...

  15. July 4, 2013

    Spain set to spruce up banks with deferred tax change

    Spanish banks are pressing Madrid to let them reclassify billions of euros in deferred tax assets in a change that would...

  16. July 3, 2013

    Spanish regulator puts heat on Deloitte over role in Bankia

    Deloitte is potentially at risk of losing its audit licence in Spain, after the country’s accounting watchdog launched an...

  17. June 23, 2013

    Forces conspire to curb bank chiefs’ pay

    Investor revolts, increased regulatory pressure and legal scandals have spurred the first drop in bank chief executives’ pay...

  18. June 23, 2013

    Average pay of top bankers drops 10%

    Average pay of top bankers in the US and Europe including JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon and Royal Bank of Scotland’s Stephen Hester...

  19. June 23, 2013

    M6 Toll road’s owner offers free transit as part of deal on debt

    The owner of the M6 Toll road has offered to open its gates at times of heavy congestion on the parallel free motorway if,...

  20. June 13, 2013

    Supreme Court ruling on mortgages to hit Spanish bank profits

    Profits at several Spanish banks are set to take a fresh hit after the country’s Supreme Court issued a ruling forcing BBVA...

  21. June 7, 2013

    Spanish banks told to brace for energy refinancings

    Spain’s government has called in its banks to notify them of a fresh round of cuts in support for the country’s heavily...

  22. May 24, 2013

    European stocks take sharp turn lower

    European markets took a sharp turn lower as concerns over a global growth slowdown prompted continent-wide losses. The FTSE...

  23. May 23, 2013

    Spain’s banks face €10bn more provisions

    Spanish banks will need to put aside extra provisions of up to €10bn to cover loans that borrowers will struggle to repay,...

  24. May 17, 2013

    Spain’s short-term banking pain will be longer-term gain

    “Extend and pretend” could be a phrase to help yoga amateurs. In fact it is a practice that many European banks have been...

  25. May 15, 2013

    Spanish banks face fresh hit from bad loans

    Spanish banks are bracing themselves for a fresh financial hit, amid rising pressure from the Bank of Spain on lenders to...

  26. May 15, 2013

    Spanish banks face fresh test over restructured loans

    When Banco Santander reported its quarterly results last month, Spain’s biggest lender by assets hailed “the beginning of a...

  27. May 13, 2013

    Repsol bond sale shows renewed investor interest in Spain

    Repsol has sold a seven-year bond at the lowest interest rate paid by a Spanish company since the euro’s launch more than a...

  28. May 10, 2013

    Credit bubble needs Eurovision for banks

    My friends in the capital markets, who as a group tend to an end-of-days view of the financial world in general, and of the...

  29. May 8, 2013

    Telefónica’s domestic revenues eclipsed by sales in Brazil

    Telefónica reported a drop in first-quarter revenues after sharp declines in key European markets cancelled out a better...

  30. April 30, 2013

    BBVA issues $1.5bn perpetual bond

    BBVA has issued an innovative $1.5bn bond to boost an important measure of its financial health, promising a bumper coupon...

  31. April 29, 2013

    Latin America: Politics far afield demands attention

    During Spain’s economic crisis Latin America has been one of the few redemptive stories for the country’s often beleaguered...

  32. April 26, 2013

    Recession-hit Spain drags down top banks

    Spain’s economic and financial crisis is turning into an increasingly severe long-term business challenge for the country’s...

  33. April 26, 2013

    BBVA’s Mexican business flavours profits

    Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Spain’s second-biggest bank by assets, reported a 73 per cent surge in first-quarter net...

  34. April 25, 2013

    Caixabank reports surge in earnings

    Caixabank, Spain’s largest domestic lender by branches and clients, reported a surge in earnings for the first quarter...

  35. April 23, 2013

    Kone lifted by Asia and North America

    A bullish outlook from Kone, bolstered by “exceptionally strong” growth in Asia and North America, prompted investors to buy...

  36. April 10, 2013

    Lenders behind elevated Eurofirst

    European banking stocks were in high demand as investors sought out riskier assets amid a continent-wide rally. The regional...

  37. March 31, 2013

    Economics will catch up with the euro

    It is a question that I have been asking myself for a while: at what point does it become economically rational for a...

  38. March 28, 2013

    Italian and Spanish stocks feel Cyprus heat

    Italian and Spanish stocks were the biggest fallers on pan-European indices during a week dominated by resurgent fears over...

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