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Portuguese capital markets back from the brink

Portuguese capital markets back from the brink

April 1, 2016

Portugal's economy has endured a torrid few years and this has been reflected in its activity in the capital markets. However, the past 12 months have seen reasons for optimism, with the benchmark 10-year debt yield dropping significantly from an all-time high in 2012 and economists cautiously welcoming the new government's financial policies.

Sukuk moves add to mood of optimism for Kuwaiti Islamic finance

April 1, 2016

Kuwait boasts one of the most respected Islamic finance markets in the world. But ever keen to move with the times, the country is establishing a capital markets authority law designed to develop the domestic sukuk market, one of many recent boosts the industry has received.

Luxembourg Stock Exchange CEO goes further down the green route

April 1, 2016

The CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, Richard Scharfe, tells Natasha Turak about the exchange's expertise in green bonds, why it is dominated by debt instruments, and what is behind its international popularity.

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A risk shared: why Islamic finance is a safer option

April 1, 2016

Islamic finance's approach to risk sharing makes it less speculative and more disciplined than its conventional counterpart. However, says Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, the president of the Islamic Development Bank, if the industry is to reach its full potential, more collaboration and innovation is needed.

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Ireland finds syndicated success

March 1, 2016

Ireland endured a torrid few years after its 2010 banking crisis, but with much painful restructuring completed the sovereign is active again in the markets and kicked off 2016 with the eurozone‚Äôs first syndicated transaction of the year. 

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BAML's CIB chief says US dominance is here to stay

March 1, 2016

US investment banks have emerged from the post-crisis era in much better shape than their European counterparts, a situation that, according to BAML's head of corporate and investment banking, Christian Meissner, is not about to change.

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Latin America enters a new age of pragmatism

March 1, 2016

Economic difficulties and low commodity prices are forcing Latin America into a new age of pragmatism, as populist policies fall out of favour amid stagnant living standards, and worries emerge about the region's reliance on Chinese investment.

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Buyside counts cost of bank regulation

March 1, 2016

The impact of new regulation on banks has been the subject of fevered debate in the recent years. What share of the pain has the buyside had to endure? Michael Watt reports. 

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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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