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Financial Sector Development in Serbia: Closing Ranks with Peers




After a major structural reshuffling in the early 2000s, the Serbian banking sector embarked on a rapid catching-up process. Against the background of an emerging credit boom, financial deepening has advanced rapidly in recent years, largely making up for the late onset of banking reform. However, the pace of convergence to the intermediation levels of Serbia’s Central, Eastern and Southeastern European peers as well as the high degree of euroization have also raised financial stability concerns, with credit and foreign exchange risks representing the main challenges. The sector’s high capitalization, its increasing efficiency, the predominance of foreign banks and the central bank’s efforts to rein in lending growth to more sustainable levels are important factors in alleviating financial stability concerns. Profitability is still comparatively low, but increasing.

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  • Stephan Barisitz & Sándor Gardó, 2008. "Financial Sector Development in Serbia: Closing Ranks with Peers," Focus on European Economic Integration, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 2, pages 94-119.
  • Handle: RePEc:onb:oenbfi:y:2008:i:2:b:4

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    1. Vlastimir Vukovic & Zoran Rajkovic, 2012. "Financial Sector Progress in Serbia Toward European Integration," Book Chapters, Institute of Economic Sciences.
    2. Ana Kundid Novokmet, 2015. "Cyclicality of bank capital buffers in South-Eastern Europe: endogenous and exogenous aspects," Financial Theory and Practice, Institute of Public Finance, vol. 39(2), pages 139-169.

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