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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.

2013 review the start of the US revival

2013 review: the start of the US revival?

December 2, 2013

Many investors are confident that 2013 will be remembered as the year the US economy finally started its recovery. For other parts of the world, not least the eurozone and most major emerging markets, the memories are likely to be a lot gloomier. Paul Wallace reports.

When it comes to SME funding, one European banker says ‘governments could set up a vehicle similar to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, where banks contributed SME loans’

No quick fix to European SME financing conundrum

November 1, 2013

Politicians worrying about the supply of credit to small and medium-sized businesses see capital markets as a possible solution, but the lack of standardised loans in the sector is making securitisation difficult.

Bond markets alive and adapting

November 1, 2013

Predictions that an end to US quantitative easing would cause a major upset in the bond markets have not materialised, but the landscape is changing gradually for primary issuance.

The BBC recently tapped the private placement market

Private bond market proves its mettle

November 1, 2013

The US private placement bond market is proving popular with mid-sized European companies and those that lack credit ratings. American investors, starved of supply, hope the trend lasts a while longer. 

Mirror image: the Korean exchange, which runs the benchmark Kospi market for larger companies, has opened the Korea New Exchange for younger companies

Capital markets play catch-up to South Korea’s real economy

October 1, 2013

With South Korea's underdeveloped capital markets struggling under the growing weight of the country's rapidly expanding conglomerates, the pressure is on for the sector to evolve and mature – with the government, regulators and banks all taking steps to achieve this goal. But will new regulations and improved infrastructure be enough to transform the industry?

South Korea’s big players make investment banking move

October 1, 2013

Many of South Korea's largest financial institutions are having to reconsider their investment banking strategies in the wake of changed capital markets regulation, increasing competition and narrowing profits, with many turning to the international market.

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