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  • 'Critical Times' for Spain     Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    Spain is going through "critical times" and the lack of a clear plan to sort out the crisis is "not good news," Antonio Garcia Pascual, chief southern European economist at Barclays told CNBC.

  • Spanish Banks May Need More Government Cash: S&P Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 12:36 PM ET
    Spain

    Spanish banks are likely to need more money from the government to make sure they are well capitalized, Moritz Kraemer, head of European Sovereign ratings at S&P, told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Banks' countries of origin have become important again and Deutsche Bank will continue its expansion in its home market, as well as in emerging markets and the U.S., Anshu Jain, head of the corporate and investment bank at Deutsche Bank, told CNBC in an interview.

  • Spanish Banks Could Need Up to $76 Billion More: IIF Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 8:03 AM ET

    Spanish banking stocks saw some relief early on Tuesday after heavy continued losses on Monday on concern about the banks' property losses.

  • JPMorgan’s biggest worry in the wake of the "London Whale" $2 billion trading loss should be losing the trust of Congress, analyst Jim Bianco of Bianco Research told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Euro bank notes in a briefcase

    A "ring of defense" has to be built around eastern European neighbors Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia to help them cope with the fallout from a possible Greek exit from the euro zone, bankers said on Friday.

  • China's Biggest Banks Are Squeezed for Capital Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 7:24 PM ET
    Signage for the Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. hangs in Beijing, China

    Banks around the world have been tapping investors for new funds as they struggle with slumping share prices and waning profits. But Chinese firms have maintained that their profit growth is strong and their balance sheets are solid, raising red flags among some analysts about the banks’ persistent capital needs. The NYT reports.

  • Once Seen as Risky, Banks Rethink Franchise Loans Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    The Consumer Bankers Association will announced today a standardized lending “template” for working with franchisees that should speed up, and strengthen, the relationship between banks and franchisees.

  • Spain

    Spanish banks' borrowing from the European Central Bank almost doubled in March from February to 316.3 billion euros ($415.9 billion).  The question whether Spanish banks need to be recapitalized hangs over the sector like the sword of Damocles.

  • A branch of the Agricultural Bank of China, the third-largest bank in the country by assets and the fourth-largest by market cap. China's new stress tests are aimed at ensuring banks have enough capital in the eventuality of a property market correction.

    Breaking up China's biggest banks would be the "most aggressive reform measures" seen in post-1978 China, a Beijing-based economist told CNBC on Wednesday, adding that it was badly needed if growth in the world's second-biggest economy was to be sustained.

  • DBS Shares Slump After ‘Expensive’ Danamon Deal Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 11:13 PM ET

    Shares of DBS Group Holdings fell almost 4 percent Tuesday after it said that it will buy Indonesia's Bank Danamon for $7.2 billion, prompting markets to question whether it is paying too much to become the country’s fifth biggest lender.

  • DBS Ups Exposure to Emerging Market Growth via Deal Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 4:42 AM ET

    DBS's acquisition of Indonesia's Bank Danamon is transformational, the Chairman of the Singapore-based lender told CNBC on Monday.

  • Auditors on Alert Over Chinese Results Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 | 10:33 PM ET

    A new wave of scandals involving Chinese companies listed overseas could hit New York and Hong Kong in the coming weeks as the annual results season get under way with auditors on high alert for fraud. The FT reports.

  • Banks Set to Cut $1 Trillion From Balance Sheets Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 | 8:50 PM ET

    Investment banks are to shrink their balance sheets by another $1 trillion or up to 7 percent globally within the next two years, says a report that foresees a shake-up of market share in the industry. The FT reports.

  • What Do Rising Rates Say About Markets Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 8:36 PM ET

    Like shifting sands, financial markets are rapidly realigning, and that trend will be the thing to watch Thursday, when inflation data and the latest jobless claims are released.

  • Bank Tests Could Be Net Positive for Stocks Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 7:54 PM ET

    The Fed sounded the all clear for most major U.S. banks, and its stress test results could be positive for stocks Wednesday, even though four of the 19 institutions failed.

  • Developed economies are still experiencing an economic “hard landing” after the credit crunch, despite data showing small increases in gross domestic product, Stephen Gallo, head of market analysis at Schneider Foreign Exchange, said in an interview.

  • China Giving Mixed Signals on Property Market Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 2:31 AM ET
    China

    Beijing's recent announcement that it has enough room to ease monetary policy is sending mixed signals about its stance on the property market, says a market watcher who sees an increase in liquidity working against curbs introduced to cool the real estate sector.

  • Smaller Chinese Policy Banks Are Weak Links: Analyst Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 3:54 AM ET
    A Chinese bank worker attends to a customer.

    While China's ballooning local government debt has many investors steering clear of financial stocks, one equity analyst maintains that all banks are not made equal, and it's the smaller policy lenders, or banks tasked to finance economic and trade development projects, which are the weak links.

  • LTRO a 'Crutch' for European Banks: StanChart Asia CEO Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 3:08 AM ET
    A man walks past a logo of Standard Chartered bank at the headquarters of SC First Bank in Seoul on June 27, 2011.

    Standard Chartered Bank's Asia CEO Jaspal Bindra has warned that the European Central Bank's long-term refinancing operations could lead to unintended consequences.