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Work continues for European Stability Mechanism

October 2, 2017

Following the sovereign debt crisis, Europe's funding safeguard was set up to ensure regional stability. While most countries no longer need propping up, the European Stability Mechanism is still busy, as head of funding and investor relations Siegfried Ruhl tells David Wigan.

IFCs display different shades of green

October 2, 2017

Many international finance centres are setting up or piloting sustainable finance bond programmes. But inconsistency in the way sustainability is measured makes it hard to assess just how green they really are. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Capital market buoyancy helps drive Spanish recovery

September 1, 2017

With consumer confidence on the rise, unemployment at an eight-year low and investor perceptions changing for the better, Spain appears to be emerging from the economic doldrums. David Wigan reports on the forces driving the recovery and finds that – despite some reasons for caution – it appears to be gathering momentum.      

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ECM pipeline builds as Spanish confidence grows

September 1, 2017

Following the 2012 bailout of the Spanish banking system, investor trust in the country's financial institutions is on the up – giving a welcome boost to its equity capital markets. David Wigan reports.

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Removing the nuclear power project financing hurdles

September 1, 2017

Nuclear power is slowly rising in popularity as an energy provider, but project financing challenges continue to stymie its development. Danielle Myles looks at how these problems can be overcome.

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Petrobras CEO looks beyond debt and scandal to a greener future

September 1, 2017

The CEO of Brazil’s beleaguered state oil producer Petrobras, Pedro Parente, talks to Silvia Pavoni about the scandal-riven company's five-year plan to reduce its debts, how it is handling mounting environmental concerns, and what it is doing to cope in an era of low commodity prices. 

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Raiffeisen Bank International rides CEE rebound with AT1 debut

September 1, 2017

The uptick in the fortunes of key central and eastern European economies has given a boost to Raiffeisen Bank International, which made its additional Tier 1 securities debut in June. David Wigan assesses the success of this move.

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Russia plots a pensions revolution

September 1, 2017

As Russia contemplates a restructuring of its creaking pensions system, investors expect a positive effect on the securities market with the introduction of private individual pension capital accounts. However, the market is still immature and many decisions on reform are still to be made. Stefanie Linhardt reports from the International Financial Congress (IFC) in St Petersburg. 

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Will climate change cause the next financial crisis?

September 1, 2017

As extreme climate events become more frequent and governments ramp up their commitment to transitioning to lower carbon economies, are financial institutions prepared, or will their unaccounted-for climate risk lead to the next financial crisis? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Can Colombia’s bond market keep its new friends from overseas?

August 1, 2017

Foreign demand for Colombia’s peso-denominated bonds has been a boon for a country struggling with low commodity prices. But for how long will market confidence stay high? Jacopo Dettoni reports.

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