Trends

  • Arrival of digital trends disrupting payments in CEE

    By Christian Wolf, RBI | Driven by the aim of providing better and better customer experience, changes in the global payments landscape have accelerated over the past few years and resulted in an increased array of payment options to choose from for customers across the globe. In addition to the advancements in technology, Open Banking […]

  • The Austrian real estate market

    By Michael Heller, RBI | Financial markets had for a long time prepared themselves for an initial interest rate hike by the European Central Bank (ECB) in 2019, but developments in the first half of the year were almost diametrically opposed – with corresponding bullish implications for the local real estate market. The financing environment […]

  • ATOMI: Identifying and supporting extraordinary intelligence

    By Edita Pozhegu, representative of ATOMI | The ATOMI organization in Kosovo has been established ten years ago as an initiative of a group of professionals and is one of its kind in the Balkans region. It focuses on the identification and support of gifted students with extraordinary intelligence in Kosovo. ATOMI aims to identify […]

  • Great Stone – a pearl of the Silk Road

    By Natalya Chernogorova, Priorbank Belarus | Twenty-five kilometers away to the north of Belarus’ capital city Minsk there is a newly evolving multinational smart eco-town with a focus on high-tech innovative industries and a well-developed social infrastructure, green recreational and residential areas. This is how the Sino-Belarus Great Stone Industrial Park is projected to look […]

  • Fintechs vs. banks? Time to clear up the competition myth

    By Oleksandr Kryshtal, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | Fintech primarily refers to innovations in the financial sector. Such innovations may include a new customer experience, a completely new product or modernization of cross-banking technology. Fintech has the ability to bring banking into the modern age offering advanced solutions to the financial services world. However, some time […]

  • CEE Banking Sector Report 2019

    RBI’s analysts documented and analyzed banking sector trends as well as the key drivers and indicators in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The analysts are posted throughout the CEE region as well as in Vienna and provided their local expertise and insights to create the latest version of the Raiffeisen Research’s CEE Banking Sector Report. […]

  • Serbia’s increasing importance for China’s BRI

    By Ljiljana Grubic, Raiffeisen banka in Serbia, and Lydia Kranner, RBI | Historically, China has never been an important partner of the CEE region. Trade and FDI data show that the EU, especially Germany, plays the dominant role. This holds true for Serbia as well. However, the economic and geopolitical rise of China, the deterioration […]

  • Serbia: Infrastructure projects lead economic growth

    By Ljiljana Grubic, Raiffeisen banka in Serbia and Oliver Marx, RBI | Despite an economic slowdown in the euro area, the Serbian economy delivered its highest growth rate in a decade in 2018. The strong GDP growth rate of 4.3 percent in 2018 (still estimated) was mainly driven by public sector investments and personal consumption. […]