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New trends among sovereign funds

December 1, 2007

Politicians in the West who object to sovereign wealth funds from the developing countries making overseas acquisitions should ask themselves one question and one question only.

Post-crisis focus on emerging markets

December 1, 2007

It is time to start thinking about the next upturn. The credit crisis still has some while to run depending on how it seeps through the system and it seems likely that most parts of the world will be affected in some way or other.

Unflinching Merrill propels Fortis into the big league

December 1, 2007

Merrill Lynch’s singleness of purpose played a vital part in the Royal Bank of Scotland-led consortium’s takeover of ABN AMRO. And nowhere more so than in the Fortis rights issue, the biggest ever in dollar terms, which tipped the scales against all predictions. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Legislative change drives markets

December 1, 2007

New pieces of legislation affecting tax and ownership are having a dramatic knock-on effect on Canada’s capital markets. Geraldine Lambe reports.

A healthy appetite in Canada

December 1, 2007

Stability and access to a wealth of natural resources makes Canada attractive for investors. Geraldine Lambe reports on the resulting buoyant activity in the country’s capital markets.

RBC Capital Markets

December 1, 2007

Chuck Winograd, chief executive of RBC Capital Markets; Doug McGregor, RBC’s co-president and head of global investment banking; and Mark Standish, RBC’s co-president and head of global markets, talk to Geraldine Lambe about the company’s need to grow outside of Canada.

European banks jostle in relatively unbanked Ukraine

December 1, 2007

The announcement, as The Banker went to press, that Sweden’s SEB Group had signed an agreement to acquire 97.25% of Factorial Bank in Ukraine was the latest in a line of such acquisitions by European banks from outside the country.

M&A market oblivious to hostile climate

December 1, 2007

A range of exciting mergers and acquisitions are proceeding among banks unaffected by subprime concerns.

The science of buyology

November 5, 2007

Although biology is a well-known science, there is a lesser-known science with the a deceptively similar name: buyology. I created this science for banks to deal with the new world of ‘freakonomics’, where everyone is struggling to understand the methods to get customers buying and, in its purest form, buyology is defined as: the science of understanding business relationships.

TOP 500 Islamic Institutions

November 5, 2007

How fast is the Islamic finance industry growing? The Banker attempts to answer this question with the launch of a new listing: Top 500 Islamic Financial Institutions. The pioneering role of the listing is to provide a benchmark for the future, which can be improved on for the good of the industry. Better disclosure is expected to flow from the publication of listings such as this as greater competition puts pressure on institutions to increase transparency in this area. Stephen Timewell and Joe DiVanna report.

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