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Africa's growing local currency debt markets

February 1, 2016

As borrowing in dollars becomes increasingly expensive, the appetite for bonds in indigenous denominations in Africa is strengthening across the sub-Saharan region. However, longer yield curves and cross-border issuance will be necessary for continuing growth.

Dealers optimistic about single-name CDS market

February 1, 2016

The credit default swap market has suffered years of declining volumes, thanks to regulatory burdens and the quiet economic cycle. However, as idiosyncratic risk rises, there is a new feeling of optimism among credit traders. Can the CDS market bounce back? 

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Have PPPs reached a dead end in western Europe?

February 1, 2016

A dearth of greenfield infrastructure opportunities combined with unsupportive governments have burst the public-private partnership bubble in western Europe, with deal flow decreasing dramatically from its peak in 2007. Stefanie Linhardt reports on whether this trend will prove to be terminal.

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China tackles local governments' financial woes

February 1, 2016

Huge debts and questionable investments have driven many Chinese local governments to the brink. Now regulators have stepped in with a package of reforms. Stefania Palma asks how effective the new measures will be after decades of poor supervision.

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Daimler steers clear of volatility with early issuance

February 1, 2016

The second half of 2015 was tough for many companies in the automotive sector, but German giant Daimler started 2016 on the front foot with a big euro issuance. Joanne Hart reports. 

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Citi DCM EMEA chief still sees ways of getting business done

February 1, 2016

The economic outlook is uncertain at best, but Citi’s head of DCM and syndicate business for EMEA, Will Weaver, is confident that issuers can successfully hit the market if they get their timing right. Michael Watt reports. 

Benchmark rules stumble at last hurdle

January 25, 2016

A technical flaw in the EU’s rules to prevent financial benchmark manipulation could impose a disproportionate burden on commodity price reporting agencies.

Mizuho takes on the Americas

Mizuho takes on the Americas

January 4, 2016

How is Japanese mega-bank Mizuho growing its investment banking franchise in the Americas? Stefania Palma talks to Mizuho Securities USA's chief executive, John Koudounis, to find out.

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LCH-Clearnet US chief plays the innovation game

January 4, 2016

David Weisbrod, US chief executive of LCH-Clearnet, speaks to Michael Watt about new product launches for 2016, and the dangers posed by over-zealous regulation. 

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Bibby Financial takes the securitisation route to new financing

January 4, 2016

With the cost of bank financing growing, the UK's Bibby Financial Services was left with two choices: become a bank or securitise its debt. It chose the latter, and the results so far have been encouraging.

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