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The Greek banking system has radically changed over the past two decades. Mergers and acquisitions had already begun in the late 1980s, but it was two significant events 20 years ago that marked the beginning of a process that has led to the consolidation of the country's banking sector in the dominant "big four" (Alpha Bank, Eurobank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank).
Moody's changed its deposit rating on Greek banks Alpha, Eurobank and National to positive from stable, citing expectations of further improvement in asset quality, the ratings agency said on Tuesday.
Moody's said stronger than 2 percent annual economic growth in the coming years would support banks' efforts to reduce their large stock of sour loans.
The bond segment is entering a stage of unprecedented diversification for the local capital market as investors who have had access to corporate, municipal and government bonds so far can trade the first mortgage bonds, Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) CEO Adrian Tanase told a conference on Wednesday.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has named Alpha bank and the Most Active Issuing Bank in 2018 in Greece.
This is the second year in a row that Alpha has earned this distinction, which concerns the promotion of international trade in Greece and highlights Alpha's successful participation in the EBRD's Trade Facilitation Program.
Alpha Bank, Greece's fourth largest lender, on Thursday reported reported a drop in profit in the first quarter, hurt by lower trading gains and a fall in net interest income.
Its net profit from continuing operations was 27.5 million euros, down from 65.4 million euros in the same period a year earlier.
It posted a net loss of 800,000 euros in the last quarter of 2018.