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  1. FT Alphaville

    May 21, 2014

    What Google could get for $30bn

    Google has a $30bn warchest to spend on foreign acquisitions, or so it’s told regulators. If it decided to spend the cash in...

  2. March 20, 2014

    Swedbank: safe as houses?

    Swedbank’s management likes having a solid roof overhead. The bank holds a high capital ratio – under Basel III rules – at...

  1. February 6, 2014

    Danske Bank restores dividend as it seeks to reassure investors

    Danske Bank has restored its dividend for the first time since 2007 as Denmark’s biggest lender seeks to reassure investors...

  2. February 5, 2014

    Handelsbanken and SEB put in robust showing

    Swedish banks SEB and Handelsbanken surprised investors with higher dividends and better than expected profit figures that...

  3. October 24, 2013

    Swedish banks pressed for shareholder payouts

    Investors are increasingly pushing for Swedish banks to start returning cash to them in a sign of how strong their balance...

  4. September 18, 2013

    Funds begin to back European banks

    Let us take a trip into the heart of darkness. Fund managers have discovered the nerve to invest in European stocks once...

  5. September 16, 2013

    Danske Bank ousts chief executive Eivind Kolding

    Kissing lesbians, a female MP holding her child in parliament and an Occupy Wall Street protester with a dollar bill taped...

  6. August 18, 2013

    Banks return on equity: root of evil

    Money is not the root of all evil. Return on equity is. ROE’s critics argue that banks’ excessive attention to the measure...

  7. July 17, 2013

    Strong sales for ASML boost European chipmakers

    ASML Holding, the Dutch manufacturer of chipmaking equipment, led the tech sector higher on Wednesday after raising its...

  8. July 17, 2013

    Nordic banks report solid quarter and strengthened capital

    Nordic banks reinforced their status as being among the most solid lenders in Europe with strong second-quarter results,...

  9. July 11, 2013

    DNB: Delightfully Nordic Bank

    Anyone looking for reasons to be nervous could easily find them in DNB, Norway’s largest bank. Retail banking accounts for...

  10. June 11, 2013

    Swedbank finds ‘utility banking’ pays dividends

    Boring is an epithet few chief executives like for their business. However, in banking being the opposite of a risk-taker is...

  11. April 23, 2013

    Swedish banks: Stockholm syndrome

    If you were buying bank shares for the long term a decade ago, should you have picked the tortoise or the hare? Aesop would...

  12. March 22, 2013

    Banks stumble amid crisis concerns

    Banks were some of the biggest losers this week as investors rattled by the banking crisis in Cyprus sold out of riskier...

  13. March 10, 2013

    Investors win rewards in payout battle

    It is a year since investors began a concerted campaign to secure a greater share of companies’ profits, putting pressure on...

  14. March 7, 2013

    European companies cut dividends sharply

    Dividends paid by European companies have fallen for the first time in three years as economic uncertainty and a challenging...

  15. beyondbrics

    March 5, 2013

    Lithuania: banking sector returns to normal with Ukio rescue

    Most clients of the failed bank, Ukio Bankas, Lithuanian sixth-largest lender by assets, received some good news this week –...

  16. February 25, 2013

    Dividends back on banks’ agendas

    When Antony Jenkins, Barclays chief executive, unveiled his long-awaited “Transform” plan a couple of weeks ago, there were...

  17. February 1, 2013

    Northern lenders beat southern peers

    Swedish banks were the top weekly performers in Europe as investors showed a strong preference for northern European lenders...

  18. January 30, 2013

    Swedbank leads Nordic region rally

    Generous dividend payments and better than expected results from two Swedish lenders lifted Nordic markets out of a wider...

  19. January 30, 2013

    Swedish banks held up as blueprints

    Swedbank and Nordea underlined the strength of Swedish banks as they raised their dividends and reported better than...

  20. January 16, 2013

    Norway launches interbank rate probe

    The Norwegian financial regulator is investigating possible manipulation of the local interbank lending rate after a...

  21. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2012

    Erste: latest EU bank to dump Ukraine

    It’s not a rush for the exit. But it’s rather more than a shuffle to the door. A noticeable number of European banks –...

  22. November 29, 2012

    Public trust crucial to Danske’s strategy

    The advert in Denmark’s leading business newspaper is striking: a protester has a dollar bill taped to his mouth with...

  23. October 23, 2012

    Swedbank set to resume payouts

    Swedbank reinforced its status as one of the first European banks to return excess capital to shareholders as it said even...

  24. October 23, 2012

    Michelin defies gloom on Paris exchange

    French tyremaker Michelin stood out during a dour session on European equity markets after a rise in quarterly revenues...

  25. July 18, 2012

    Nordea fears impact of eurozone crisis

    Nordea underlined the growing concern among Nordic banks of the impact on their hitherto stable home region of the...

  26. July 18, 2012

    Credit Suisse gains on capital boost

    Moves by Credit Suisse to boost its capital base by SFr8.7bn made it one of the biggest-gaining European blue-chip stocks on...

  27. April 11, 2012

    Nokia shares plunge on profit warning

    Shares in Nokia tumbled as much as 19 per cent after the struggling Finnish handset maker warned that profits in its phone...

  28. March 28, 2012

    Nokia advances on phone aimed at China

    Nokia was one of the biggest risers on the FTSE Eurofirst 300 after Swedbank issued a “buy” call on the stock, citing...

  29. February 15, 2012

    Handelsbanken shines among Nordic banks

    Strong results from Handelsbanken were a bright spot in an otherwise uncertain fourth-quarter earnings season for the Nordic...

  30. November 27, 2011

    Sweden to impose Basel III early

    Sweden’s biggest banks will have to comply with rules to make the global financial system safer six years ahead of schedule,...

  31. October 26, 2011

    European banks reverse gains in nervy session

    European stock markets suffered a nervous session, with banks and carmakers giving back early gains amid fading hopes for...

  32. October 25, 2011

    French banks down ahead of crucial eurozone meeting

    Financial stocks retreated in a nervous session ahead of Wednesday’s highly anticipated meeting of European leaders, with...

  33. September 14, 2011

    French banks feel the pressure after downgrades

    French banks remained under pressure on Wednesday after Moody's downgraded two of the country’s lenders citing exposure to...

  34. August 30, 2011

    Covered bond issues ease pressure on banks

    A further rush of covered bond deals from banks gave the market its busiest day in five months and undermined fears of an...

  35. August 18, 2011

    European banks at centre of sell-off

    European bank shares fell heavily on Thursday, but the selling in stocks was broad-based as fears over the possibility of a...

  36. April 27, 2011

    Soaring sales helps Ericsson beat carmakers to top spot

    Carmakers were prominent on the leaderboard of European stocks after robust earnings from Germany’s Volkswagen and Porsche,...

  37. March 23, 2011

    Russia’s state banks tighten their grip

    Inside Moscow’s ultra-modern Moskva City business complex, two gleaming glass skyscrapers tower side by side. One is the new...

  38. March 21, 2011

    Fund manager warns on covered bonds

    Covered bond investors risk buying into a “rollercoaster ride” with little transparency – belying the ultra-safe reputation...

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