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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 29, 2014

    Spain’s economy shows signs of rebalancing

    Since Spain began to recover from recession last year, the upturn has been a lopsided spectacle: exports have boomed, while...

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  1. Investing in Spain

    As its bankers find renewed confidence, the property market stirs and large constructi...
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  1. April 2, 2014

    Spain looks to ECB to avoid deflation trap

    When Spain reported a slight fall in consumer prices last October, economic policy makers were quick to dismiss the decline...

  2. March 28, 2014

    Data deepen eurozone deflation fears

    The cost of borrowing for crisis hit countries in the eurozone is tumbling amid expectations that the European Central Bank...

  3. January 16, 2014

    Caixabank sells its stake in BME

    Caixabank is planning to sell down its 5 per cent stake in Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, a move that means banks will become...

  4. November 20, 2013

    Foreign bidders face higher hurdles to buy Spanish bank

    The Spanish central bank will force foreign investment funds bidding for the nationalised caja Nova Caixa Galicia to hold...

  5. November 7, 2013

    Bank of Spain sells remaining BME stake

    The Spanish central bank has netted €122m by offloading its remaining 5.4 per cent stake in Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, the...

  6. October 23, 2013

    Spain emerges from two-year recession

    The Spanish economy returned to growth in the three months to September, putting an end to a recession that lasted more than...

  7. FT Alphaville

    October 23, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE The downsides of quantitative easing, Garcia smackdown watch. Cardiff takes up the...

  8. October 15, 2013

    Spanish banks need extra €5bn to cover potential losses on loans

    Spanish lenders have told the central bank that they need about €5bn in additional provisions to cover for potential losses...

  9. September 2, 2013

    Private equity groups circle Spain’s EVO Banco

    Private equity groups are close to acquiring a division of one of Spain’s nationalised lenders, in what would be the first...

  10. July 28, 2013

    Pressure mounts on Spanish banks to cut dividends

    Santander, BBVA and other Spanish banks are under growing pressure to cut inflated dividend payouts when they report...

  11. July 25, 2013

    Spanish jobless data boost government claim of economic pick-up

    The number of unemployed Spaniards fell by 225,000 in the second quarter of the year, the largest such drop since the...

  12. FT Alphaville

    May 24, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks fell, the yen strengthened and Australian bank shares headed for their largest weekly drop in a year after...

  13. 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,...

  14. 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...

  15. April 30, 2013

    Spain’s economy shrinks 0.5%

    The Spanish economy shrank for the seventh consecutive quarter in the first three months of the year, at a time when Madrid...

  16. April 29, 2013

    Alfredo Sáenz resigns as Santander chief ahead of legal ruling

    The chief executive of Banco Santander, the eurozone’s biggest bank by value, has resigned ahead of a decision by Spain’s...

  17. FT Alphaville

    March 27, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Secret HQ set up in London to fight cyber crime: “Britain’s security services are to open a new unit in London to work with...

  18. March 26, 2013

    Bank of Spain sees deeper gloom in 2013

    The Spanish economy will shrink by 1.5 per cent this year and unemployment is set to rise above 27 per cent, the Bank of...

  19. March 5, 2013

    No buyer found for Catalunya Banc

    The Spanish authorities have failed again to find a buyer for Catalunya Banc, the troubled lender nationalised last year,...

  20. February 12, 2013

    Spain court partially annuls Sáenz pardon

    A Spanish court has decided to partially overturn the formal pardon granted to Alfredo Sáenz, chief executive of Banco...

  21. January 31, 2013

    Domestic banks stuck with pain in Spain

    As they scrutinise the full-year results of Spain’s leading banks over the next two days, investors will be looking to...

  22. FT Alphaville

    January 31, 2013

    Spanish deposit figures disclaimer: now updated through December '12!

    The measurement of Spanish deposits is whatever you want it to be! Or at least it sometimes seems that people regard it as...

  23. January 23, 2013

    Spanish economic woes deepen

    Spain’s economic downturn worsened in the fourth quarter of last year, as tax increases and salary cuts took their toll on...

  24. January 10, 2013

    Bank of Spain rejects audit allegations

    The Bank of Spain’s attempt to rebuild its battered reputation after last year’s banking crisis has suffered a setback after...

  25. January 4, 2013

    Santander set for Banesto union talks

    Banco Santander will meet trade unions next week to reach an agreement on job losses resulting from its planned merger with...

  26. December 27, 2012

    Bankia investors face severe losses

    The bleak prospects for as many as 350,000 retail shareholders in Bankia of recovering anything more than a token amount of...

  27. December 4, 2012

    Long road to a single EU bank regulator

    When analysts at Barclays published a note on Santander in October, it sounded a bearish note on the Spanish bank’s capital...

  28. November 30, 2012

    Spain to push ahead with banks’ sales

    Spain this week said it would push forward with the sale of some of its nationalised banks after finally receiving the green...

  29. November 12, 2012

    Madrid under pressure to halt evictions

    The Spanish government is facing mounting pressure to stop banks evicting struggling mortgage holders after the second...

  30. FT Alphaville

    November 8, 2012

    Sareb is 'incrementally negative for Spain and its banking sector'

    Some more details about Spain’s bad bank are filtering through, mainly on how it might function in practice. And analysts...

  31. The World

    October 23, 2012

    The eurozone and la vie en rose

    On Tuesday, the editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, gave the commencement address at Barcelona’s Esade Business...

  32. October 7, 2012

    Relentless austerity will only deepen Greek woes

    We have reached a point where the policies adopted to resolve the eurozone debt crisis are causing more damage than whatever...

  33. October 1, 2012

    Banco Popular aims to raise €2.5bn

    Banco Popular, Spain’s sixth largest lender by assets, will attempt to raise €2.5bn in an emergency share sale as it battles...

  34. FT Alphaville

    September 28, 2012

    Those Spanish stress test results

    Seven (many already nationalised) lenders, comprising 37 per cent of Spanish banks’ loan portfolios, failed and need more...

  35. September 28, 2012

    Spain’s banks need €60bn, says report

    Spanish banks will need almost €60bn in new capital, according to the results of an independently conducted stress test of...

  36. FT Alphaville

    September 6, 2012

    A slightly wobbly Spanish bond auction

    Not ideal timing for a €3.5bn bond auction for Spain on Thursday – hours before Draghi speaks. No matter. Targets were hit,...

  37. September 3, 2012

    Bankia to receive €4.5bn Spanish loan

    Spain’s state bank bailout fund will transfer €4.5bn into Bankia to boost the nationalised lender’s capital levels to more...

  38. August 31, 2012

    Spain gives Bankia urgent cash boost

    Spain has been forced to inject emergency liquidity into Bankia after the nationalised lender announced a €4.4bn loss for...

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