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Pace in property

May 7, 2007

Natasha de Terán explores the market for structured property products and finds real estate investment trusts becoming popular and the derivatives market gathering steam.

A vogue for sharia compliance

May 7, 2007

Sharia-compliant investing and structured products are two of the largest and highest margin growth areas for investment banks. Both are born out of specialist structuring teams, rich with fiscal and regulatory experts, so it is almost inevitable that compliant structured products are fast becoming voguish. Natasha de Terán explores the market.

Bespoke solutions

May 7, 2007

Structured products are a result of investors becoming moresophisticated and demanding. Now banks are happy to tailor investments to meet a client’s every wish. Joanne Hart reports.

Trend-spotting for FIGs

May 7, 2007

The Banker’s round table panel debate the hot issues likely to affect the financial institutions arena this year.

Credit (checking) where it’s due

May 7, 2007

Helping to ease the information flow for banks are companies such as Experian, which share credit data between them – a service that used to be held in rather low esteem by consumer groups and politicians but is increasingly recognised as a respectable activity.

Posties buckle under weighty HSBC tome

May 7, 2007

Information is essential to the finance business – but sometimes it can weigh heavy. The UK’s Post Office was so worried about the weight of HSBC’s annual report that it limited the number that an individual postman could carry, to avoid back injuries.

Europe makes waves in capital markets…

May 7, 2007

Expect Europe to be the major arena of interest in the capital markets over the next five to 10 years. Underwriting fees are two to three times higher in the US but growth prospects are far better in Europe.

Merrill emerges triumphant

May 7, 2007

The debt specialists at Merrill Lynch have been busy blazing new trails in the emerging markets. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

West continues to woo Asian investors

May 7, 2007

Observers see the lack of Asian participation in dollar deals as a temporary blip, due largely to current conditions. However, European bankers are still keen to cultivate investment from Asia. Michael Marray reports.

CEE surfs a new wave of structured finance products

May 7, 2007

A surge of new offerings are coming out of central and eastern Europe, with Russia and Kazakhstan showing the new EU countries how it should be done. Michael Marray reports.

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