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    1. April 17, 2016

      Clear-out imminent at Greek bank boards

      More than a third of the board members at Greece’s four largest banks will be replaced within weeks as part of a...

    2. March 10, 2016

      Bank bonds: the yield field

      People are naturally loss-averse: faced with the certainty of a small loss or turbocharged returns at the risk of being...

    Special Reports

    1. Central & eastern Europe: Banking and Finance 2013

      The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
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    1. December 22, 2015

      Greek banks: Hellenic hopes

      It is a wonder Greece’s banks are still standing. Against the odds, they have survived their latest government-induced...

    2. November 18, 2015

      Piraeus Bank and National Bank of Greece struggle to attract orders

      A pecking order has emerged among the four big Greek banks as they all seek to raise fresh capital from shareholders to...

    3. November 11, 2015

      Greek economy on ice as lenders battle capital shortfall

      Piraeus Bank used to be a lifeline for small entrepreneurs such as Evgenia, a 33-year-old Athenian who received a loan...

    4. November 2, 2015

      Greek banks: on a wing and a Piraeus

      Stand by for Recapitalisation 4.0. The European Central Bank’s latest health check of Greek lenders identified a...

    5. October 18, 2015

      Banking on Greece is a risky investment

      Greek banks preparing for their fourth recapitalisation in five years are about to discover whether investors are ready...

    6. October 16, 2015

      Greek banks: avalanche risk

      You are standing at the foot of a mountain. The snow-capped peak is some way off. Your task is to gauge the risk of an...

    7. October 8, 2015

      Greek banks anxious as bailout finally nears

      Only a year ago, Greece’s four biggest banks were preparing to finance a long-awaited economic recovery. International...

    8. August 4, 2015

      Greek banks take biggest hit despite calmer trading levels

      There were further heavy losses for Greek banking stocks on Tuesday, with shares across the sector once again falling...

    9. The Exchange

      July 27, 2015

      The way to fix Greece is to fix the banks

      Successive bailout strategies for Greece have failed to grasp the nettle of the zombie banks. The banking sector is...

    10. July 22, 2015

      Balkan banks avoid a dose of Greek flu

      This week’s reopening of Greek banks brought relief not just in that country but across a large chunk of south-east...

    11. May 29, 2015

      Greek banks: not in their hands

      Not for the first time, Greek banks are nearing a point of no return. Greece faces a liquidity crunch, depositors still...

    12. March 24, 2015

      Greek banks: political pawns

      While Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras wrangles over economic reforms and finance with Brussels, spare a thought...

    13. January 29, 2015

      Greek bank crisis leaves time short to strike debt deal

      It had to happen. Almost three months to the day after Europe’s stress tests gave an almost clean bill of health to...

    14. January 28, 2015

      Greek markets hammered as fears grow over new government

      Greek bank shares suffered their worst one day loss on record on Wednesday, as anxiety grew over the new government’s...

    15. October 26, 2014

      ECB stress tests: Three out of four Greek banks fail

      Three out of the four participating Greek banks failed to pass the European Central Bank’s Comprehensive Assessment on...

    16. August 13, 2014

      Greek economy on track for return to annual growth

      Greece’s economy shrank by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2013 – the smallest...

    17. June 9, 2014

      Greece names Gikas Hardouvelis finance minister

      Greece has named Gikas Hardouvelis, chief economist at a private Athens bank, as finance minister in a government...

    18. May 5, 2014

      Pimco’s eurozone surge points to a fresh game in town

      There are many surprising aspects to last week’s successful capital raising by Greece’s Eurobank. The size, for one...

    19. April 29, 2014

      Eurobank rights issue returns Greek lender to private hands

      Eurobank has pulled off one of the biggest capital raisings in Greek history, attracting more than €7bn of orders from...

    20. January 10, 2014

      Head of Greek bank rescue fund charged with money-laundering

      The head of the fund set up by Greece’s international creditors to rescue the country’s banking system has been charged...

    21. September 1, 2013

      Greek banks: still standing

      They might be wounded but at least they are still walking. Amid the destruction of the financial crisis, it is quite a...

    22. FT Alphaville

      May 14, 2013

      Finland's got a secret... no longer

      Abuse of official secrecy. It’s been one of the more corrosive but — by definition — shadier aspects of the eurozone...

    23. May 9, 2013

      Central and eastern Europe to outpace west as lenders think local

      The shadows that gathered last year over central and eastern Europe (CEE) have, little by little, started to recede....

    24. May 1, 2013

      Top Greek banks set for private capital push

      Greece’s three largest banks are preparing to raise a total of €21.7bn of private capital so they can retain management...

    25. April 8, 2013

      Merger of two Greek banks suspended

      The merger of National Bank of Greece and Eurobank has been suspended following pressure from international lenders...

    26. December 3, 2012

      EADS lifted by talk of new structure

      News that EADS was nearing a deal to restructure its shareholder base sent shares in Europe’s biggest aerospace group...

    27. September 24, 2012

      Crédit Agricole to shore up Greek unit

      Crédit Agricole has agreed to provide an additional €600m in fresh capital to shore up its Greek subsidiary in advance...

    28. August 28, 2012

      Crédit Agricole takes Greek unit hit

      Crédit Agricole is stepping up moves to offload its Greek subsidiary and reduce its minority stakes in Italian and...

    29. June 29, 2012

      Greek lenders eye Emporiki

      Crédit Agricole has received three expressions of interest in Emporiki Bank from local lenders after putting its...

    30. June 19, 2012

      Bank gains lift Athens index

      An early rally across European stock markets on Monday proved short-lived as indices later headed into negative...

    31. May 28, 2012

      Greek banks receive €18bn transfer

      Greece’s four largest banks received a €18bn transfer on Monday as the first instalment of a recapitalisation plan...

    32. May 11, 2012

      Spanish stocks slide as anxiety grows

      Eurozone concerns were brought into sharp focus this week, as investors drove Greek stocks to near 20-year lows and...

    33. April 29, 2012

      Greek bank appeals for fresh equity

      The head of Greece’s biggest bank has made a spirited appeal for fresh equity from private shareholders as the most...

    34. April 22, 2012

      Greek banks: a long, slow turnaround

      Like the Greek trireme with 170 rowers that was to have borne the Olympic torch along the Thames to start the games –...

    35. April 20, 2012

      Greek lenders unveil steep losses in 2011

      Greek banks suffered huge losses in 2011 from their participation in the biggest sovereign debt restructuring in...

    36. March 27, 2012

      Sovereign wealth funds buoy banks

      Cash-rich Gulf sovereign wealth funds are seemingly the first port of call for European financial asset sales, proving...

    37. March 21, 2012

      Delicate balancing act for Greek banks

      Burnt-out bank buildings in Athens are a reminder of violent demonstrations that have marred attempts to save the...

    38. February 28, 2012

      Greece: sharing the pain

      Talk about taking stock – there’s barely much left in Greece after the mad rush for the exits. The Athens General index...

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