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Corporate bond market squeezed as dealers withdraw

Corporate bond market squeezed as dealers withdraw

March 3, 2014

Corporate bond market participants are starting to look for alternative ways to trade bonds as regulations put the squeeze on the amount of liquidity in the banking system. 

A fine frenzy

A fine frenzy! How banks are paying the price for the subprime crisis

March 3, 2014

Over the past two years banks have been hit by a huge wave of litigation relating to residential mortgages, interbank rates, consumer insurance and money laundering. Though lenders have largely managed to absorb the costs fairly easily, it seems that the regulators are not quite finished when it comes to dishing out fines.

Alexis de Rosnay

Building a global mid-market challenger

March 3, 2014

The acquisition of UK brokerage Collins Stewart Hawkpoint by Canada's Canaccord Genuity gave Alexis de Rosnay the chance to fulfil his ambition of building a business, as the group aims to become a global mid-market investment bank.

Technology IPOs

Technology IPOs: where to launch?

February 3, 2014

Bullish investors are pushing technology firms to launch initial public offerings but, says Dan Barnes, they need to pick their market carefully.

Names in the game: Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International (left) and Italy’s Monte dei Paschi (right) both plan on raising equity in the next 12 months

Europe’s ECM market set to thrive

February 3, 2014

Europe’s equity capital markets picked up in 2013 after three years of declining volumes. Equity bankers are confident that this year will be just as busy, even if supply from Europe’s banks – traditionally the biggest issuers – wanes.

Securitisation still suffering capital punishment

January 27, 2014

New regulations for banks and insurers governing capital requirements on holdings of securitised assets include some improvements, but may not be enough to make the product viable in Europe.

Can green bonds help prevent climate catastrophe

Can green bonds help prevent climate catastrophe?

January 2, 2014

A groundswell of support for green finance means headway is being made in the transition to a low-carbon economy, with new sustainable models of finance, the issuance of green bonds and initiatives to level the playing field among banks. 

James Cowles

Smith Barney veteran steering Citi’s new start in Europe

January 2, 2014

James Cowles is driving Citi's refreshed network of coverage bankers and better-integrated trade and treasury services offering in the largest revenue-generating region for the bank's reorganised institutional client group.

The prime brokerage puzzle

The prime brokerage puzzle

December 2, 2013

Trading on swap is well established in Asia and European hedge funds are also considering it, mainly as a way of avoiding transaction taxes. But despite the appeal of the products, increased regulation means potential disruption is looming for users.

Moscow Exchange reaps harmony dividends

Moscow Exchange reaps harmony dividends

December 2, 2013

The merger of the Micex and RTS groups to form the Moscow Exchange has proven harmonious and, so far, successful, with plenty of big names attracted to the bourse. Indeed, as Moscow looks to prove its credentials as an international finance hub, the exchange appears to be setting the standards for the rest of the city's financial institutions to follow.

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