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Infrastructure: a new asset class?

The funding of infrastructure projects by institutional investors is a topic being hotly debated right now. While the hurdles for institutional parties looking at such opportunities are many, there is a growing feeling that in such a low-interest-rate environment, their potentially high yields make them worth the risk and effort.

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Abbey National rides again

Santander's UK operation successfully launched its euro unsecured bond at a time when other banks were looking at covered bonds.

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2014: the year of banks behaving badly

Growing geopolitical risk and the rising toll of misconduct fines overshadowed what should have been a year of strengthening economic recovery.

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DC helps Gorkana find its target audience

Daiwa's European mergers and acquisitions arm, DC Advisory, enabled the private equity owners of media and PR monitoring service Gorkana to find the ideal industry buyer.

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Citi rides the Asian tiger

With global expansion focused on the Asia-Pacific region, Citi is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this growth, with its long presence in the region. Its chief executive in the region talks to Stefania Palma.

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EU’s relaxed approach opens transatlantic liquidity gap

The EU has introduced a liquidity coverage ratio for banks that is noticeably weaker than its US equivalent.

A way to reduce the margining burden of derivatives clearing

The netting of swap payments against variation margin would reduce liquidity requirements in cleared transactions, according to clearing house risk expert Stephen Elliott.

US asset-backed securities rules reassure issuers, but not investors

The US Securities and Exchange Commission altered new rules for asset-backed securities to ease privacy concerns, but investors want more disclosure.

Bursa Malaysia's Islamic innovation drive

Bursa Malaysia is the leading global centre for Islamic capital markets. Its chief executive tells James King that the exchange is still looking to innovate, with expanding the borders of Islamic finance a key priority.

Has Islamic banking finally cracked Pakistan?

After a false start, Islamic banking has become the fastest growing segment of the Pakistani banking industry, with the full support of the government. Apart from the ever-present challenge of liquidity management, most local Islamic bankers agree that their most important task now is to build awareness in the country.

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