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cover story March 2013

Collateral: the hunt is on

March 1, 2013

More people need it, there might not be enough of it, and much of it is locked up and cannot get to where it needs to go. Collateral is in demand and the hunt is on.

US and China reach stalemate

US and China reach stalemate over accounting practices

February 1, 2013

US authorities require Chinese companies listed in the US to abide by certain accounting standards. Many of these Chinese companies are unable to meet such demands because the information contained within their accounts is deemed to be a state secret. Recent fraud accusations involving Chinese companies have only served to highlight this problem, but any sort of resolution appears to be some way off.

Latin America moves on while Brazil falters

Beyond Brazil: Latin America's capital markets gather momentum

February 1, 2013

For years, activity in the Latin American equity capital markets had been largely limited to Brazil. However, this changed in 2012 when big deals in Mexico and Chile brought the countries to the fore. Is Brazil's dominance over for good?

Could equities be the 2013 hotspot

Could equities be the 2013 hotspot?

February 1, 2013

Despite 2012 being a poor year for equity capital markets, 2013 has started positively and emerging markets are likely to be a rich source of initial public offerings if eurozone jitters remain under control.

TEASER-Moscow Exchange steps up equity prospects

Moscow Exchange steps up equity prospects

February 1, 2013

The merger of two stock exchanges and work to bring operations into line with international standards gives Moscow the potential to claw back Russian equity offerings from other markets.

A dictionary of difficulties from 2012

December 3, 2012

If 'algorithms, bail-ins and cajas' were the ABC of banking in 2012, what will be the new buzzwords? Philip Alexander looks at the phrases that defined 12 months of pain, and suggests some words to watch in 2013.

Rethinking the US debt markets

US opens up to European risk

November 1, 2012

Yankee bond issuance by European names has been setting all-time records in 2012, and in addition to well-known investment-grade names, the market has been showing a tremendous appetite for high-yield offerings.

EFG hopes to rise from Greek ashes

EFG hopes to rise from Greek ashes

November 1, 2012

The sale of both its Greek subsidiary and its financial products division is intended to leave the family-owned EFG Group as a pure private banking operation.

RQFII puts Chinese asset managers on international stage

RQFII puts Chinese asset managers on international stage

November 1, 2012

Foreign investors have previously accessed Chinese capital markets through the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor scheme, and since December last year the Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor scheme – which uses offshore renminbi funds – has broadened foreign investment in China. The development of these products is now gaining momentum, and the scheme has given a first-mover advantage to domestic Chinese firms, putting brands that are little known outside China on the international stage. 

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

South Africa’s capital markets shows signs of strain

November 1, 2012

South Africa’s capital markets have been resilient amid a surge of negative news emanating from the country following the killing of 34 miners in August. But many bankers say the situation could deteriorate quickly if economic growth does not pick up or if labour unrest is not calmed. 

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