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    1. October 23, 2014

      All eyes on the ECB as stress tests loom

      It will be a delicate balancing act. On Sunday, the European Central Bank will unveil results from the health checks it has...

    2. October 21, 2014

      Reform alone is no solution for the eurozone

      Might the policies of the eurozone result in a robust recovery? My answer is: no. Since the eurozone generated 17 per cent...

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    1. Vienna as a Financial Centre

      The eastern exposure of Vienna’s banks is a cause for concern amid the stand-off betwe...
    2. Working in International Banking

      Five years after the global financial crisis, pay and bonuses for bankers - and the re...
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    1. October 21, 2014

      Brussels fines global banks €94m for their part in two cartels

      The European Commission has fined several global banks a combined €94m for participating in two distinct cartels involving...

    2. October 21, 2014

      European banks: light Sunday reading

      Sunday lunch. A moment to sit down with family, eat a roast, drink a little wine, and have a cozy chat about the 1.5m data...

    3. October 19, 2014

      HSH Nordbank braced for impact of ECB assets probe

      The European Central Bank’s investigation of the eurozone’s largest lenders is raising further concerns over the future of...

    4. October 16, 2014

      A dose of deregulation for EU capital markets

      Europe’s banks are holding the continent back. Struggling under balance sheets four times bigger than the EU economy, the...

    5. October 14, 2014

      EU agrees laws to end banking secrecy

      EU finance ministers took an important step towards ending banking secrecy in Europe by agreeing legislation that would...

    6. October 14, 2014

      Dublin ditches Double Irish to save low tax regime

      Dublin has served up its last “Double Irish”. But its decision to sacrifice a highly contentious tax loophole shows a...

    7. October 10, 2014

      Brussels eases rules on asset-backed securities to unblock credit

      Brussels has significantly eased rules on asset-backed loan bundles and softened requirements for banks to hold easy-to-sell...

    8. October 10, 2014

      Europe delays full foreign exchange derivatives reporting

      Europe is to postpone standard reporting of all foreign exchange derivatives trades for more than two years after national...

    9. October 2, 2014

      EU securities trading reforms threaten upheaval

      Europe will next week embark on a “big bang” reform in securities’ trading that is meant to improve the safety of the...

    10. October 1, 2014

      Hill fails to convince Brussels doubters

      Britain’s Lord Hill has been hauled back for an unprecedented second confirmation hearing to become Europe’s financial...

    11. September 30, 2014

      Europe needs a more flexible financial market

      The European Central Bank’s plan to inject €1tn into the eurozone’s ailing economy may provide a welcome boost, but it will...

    12. September 30, 2014

      Jean-Claude Juncker’s pack of jokers invites a reshuffle

      When Jean-Claude Juncker, president-elect of the European Commission, announced the proposed line-up of his team for the...

    13. September 29, 2014

      European Commission head curbs Pierre Moscovici’s proposed powers

      The Frenchman nominated to be Europe’s next economics commissioner has had his authority to review national budgets curbed....

    14. September 26, 2014

      Věra Jourová: Rapid rise from a Czech jail for EU bank pay chief

      When Věra Jourová languished in her Czech custody cell facing corruption charges, it would have been a stretch to imagine...

    15. September 25, 2014

      Bankers’ pay withheld from Lord Hill’s Brussels remit

      Jean-Claude Juncker has deprived Britain’s Lord Hill of lead responsibility for overseeing financial sector pay in a serious...

    16. September 25, 2014

      Fairer markets that will serve us all

      The breadth and scale of financial market misconduct in recent years has resulted in shocking headlines, severe penalties...

    17. September 12, 2014

      Mario Draghi’s vision for eurozone growth

      Mario Draghi is the only senior European policy maker to have come up with a vision for how the eurozone can recover from...

    18. September 10, 2014

      Surprise Hill appointment shows Juncker desire to keep UK in EU

      When David Cameron failed two months ago to stop Jean-Claude Juncker winning the European Commission presidency few imagined...

    19. September 10, 2014

      UK wins key EU Commission job of financial services commissioner

      Britain secured its most prized job in Europe on Wednesday as Jean-Claude Juncker stunned Brussels by tapping Lord Hill, a...

    20. September 2, 2014

      ECB: Draghi’s eurozone deal

      About halfway through the speech, Mario Draghi stumbled. The European Central Bank president had reached a passage in his...

    21. August 20, 2014

      ECB bank audit to cover consultants in cash

      European regulators will pay close to half a billion euros to consultancy firms and auditors for their work on the region’s...

    22. August 14, 2014

      Banks horse-trade on ringfence fine print

      Some of Britain’s biggest banks are expecting to secure concessions from the regulator over the new ringfencing regime, in...

    23. August 7, 2014

      Complicated banks face complex rules

      Six years after the global financial crisis the tolerance of the public and politicians for bankers moaning about their lot...

    24. August 6, 2014

      ING chief hits out at German financial regulator BaFin

      The chief executive of ING has complained that Germany’s financial regulator is creating “inefficiencies” in the European...

    25. July 28, 2014

      Eurozone banks reverse downsizing moves

      Eurozone banks’ downsizing has gone unexpectedly into reverse despite regulatory pressure to build capital, partly by...

    26. July 22, 2014

      Bank union seen as risk to voice at EU

      Britain and other non-euro states are at risk of losing their influence over financial legislation as single currency...

    27. July 21, 2014

      US faces competition from Europe on private placements

      Plans to build a private placement market in Europe are coming under attack as critics question the ability of European...

    28. July 20, 2014

      European fund consolidation is happening – slowly

      Over the past couple of decades successive generations of consultants and experts have argued the case for consolidation in...

    29. July 17, 2014

      ECB to give two-week deadline for banks to plan for shortfalls

      Eurozone banks that are told they have holes in their balance sheets will have just two weeks this autumn to come up with...

    30. July 15, 2014

      Regulators push for widening of forex fix time

      Global regulators have proposed to centralise foreign exchange trading at a crucial daily fix on a global platform in a move...

    31. July 1, 2014

      Europe bank stocks suffer from legal fears

      European banks have suffered five traumatic years since the financial crisis, yet investors have shown strong appetite for...

    32. June 25, 2014

      Socialist lined up to chair economic committee in European Parliament

      An Italian member of the Socialist group of parties in the European Parliament has emerged as the frontrunner for one of the...

    33. June 24, 2014

      Brussels looks at levy to fund European financial watchdogs

      Europe’s financial watchdogs could be independently funded through a private sector levy and given new responsibilities for...

    34. June 18, 2014

      Accounting change means banks will need to put aside more capital

      New accounting rules on the way European banks book losses could mean they need to put aside more capital, adding to the...

    35. June 16, 2014

      Vickers reforms fall foul of EU lawyers

      Brussels is going beyond the law in its plan to exempt the UK’s Vickers reforms from its EU-wide overhaul of “too big to...

    36. June 11, 2014

      ECB’s Yves Mersch hits out at regulators over ABS

      A senior member of the European Central Bank has taken a swipe at regulators for their muddled approach to regulating...

    37. June 3, 2014

      European banks: Still unstable

      Anthimos Thomopoulos arrives 30 minutes late for his lunch because of the traffic caused by a teachers’ demonstration. It...

    38. June 3, 2014

      S&P censured for erroneous France downgrade alert

      Standard & Poor’s has been censured by the EU securities watchdog for wrongly announcing in 2011 that France’s credit rating...

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