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Small savings, wide efficiencies

October 2, 2006

The real benefits for companies will not be in the small savings in transaction costs but in the wider efficiencies that Sepa will introduce to payments systems and markets. By Michael Imeson.

Benefits of the simple life

October 2, 2006

Corporate treasuries are looking at how best to rationalise and automate their payment processes in order to achieve greater efficiencies and cut costs in account and payment structures. By Michael Guralnick.

Opportunity knocks

October 2, 2006

The advent of Sepa presents a unique chance for banks and companies to rethink their business and operating models, and so reap the benefits of a harmonised payments market.By Naveed Sultan.

Change for the better

October 2, 2006

The Single Euro Payments Area will harmonise and unify financial infrastructure across the EU, compel change and, in doing so, open up new windows of business opportunity. By Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi.

Card wars

October 2, 2006

The payment card industry is under attack from the European Commission, writes Michael Imeson.

Dire prospects for Prospectus Directive

August 7, 2006

The EU’s Prospectus Directive is flailing because every state has interpreted it differently. And other directives close to their implementation deadlines, such as the Capital Requirements Directive and the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), may suffer the same fate, writes Michael Imeson.

Reg NMS – MiFID’s similarly ugly twin

July 3, 2006

US exchanges, brokers and dealers are struggling to meet the October deadline for compliance with Reg NMS – a US version of Europe’s MiFID – which will change the way equities are quoted and traded, writes Michael Imeson.

Capital skills

July 3, 2006

ABN AMRO’s experience of managing its own capital can be helpful in addressing clients needs, from asset liability management to meeting Basel II compliance deadlines, says Huibert Bouwmeester.

Case studies

July 3, 2006

ABN AMRO’s asset liability management team clinched two important deals last year: the SMILE transaction, which was executed at tight pricing levels, and the Shield securitisation, which was designed to release risk-weighted capital under Basel I but is also Basel II efficient. Udo van der Linden outlines the transactions.

Perfect storm

July 3, 2006

The structural flexibility of hybrid capital means that it should be an essential instrument in the acquisitions toolbox, and ideal in helping to provide the optimal solution for banks in an environment of cross-border consolidation, writes Nigel Howells.

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