ADB delivers from a solid base

June 2, 2004

The African Development Bank Group’s mission is to promote economic and social development. James Eedes reports on some of the projects it is helping to fund and finds the bank has developed a solid financial standing.

Expensive debt or cheap equity?

June 2, 2004

Matthew Curran and Ronan Donohue of ABN AMRO explore the increasing appetite for hybrid capital among corporates attracted by the increased financial flexibilityit provides.

New paths for securities

June 2, 2004

Corporates are looking to securitisation to lift the value of their real estate investments, reduce debt costs and optimise financing.

Cost control for liquidity & liability

June 2, 2004

Firms must actively manage their excess cash if they want to prevent unnecessary expense and reduce risk, say Rob Boyd and Ash Belur of ABN AMRO’s Financial Markets Advisory.

Help with credibility

June 2, 2004

Ratings agencies provide an impartial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a company. Engaging proactively with them can help assess funding options, says ABN AMRO’s David Beardsall.

In a spin over finding acquisition finance?

June 2, 2004

When a company decides to make an acquisition, it may not be a planned event. However, finance directors need not be caught short of funding, says Sophie Roell.

IAS 39: coming, ready or not?

June 2, 2004

Matthew Daniel of ABN AMRO offers some hints to organisations implementing the International Accounting Standard 39.

Corporates warm to credit derivatives

June 2, 2004

The uptake of credit derivatives by corporates is lukewarm at best but Natasha de Teran finds bankers bullish about the future of this market.

The inflation dimension

June 2, 2004

Adding an inflation dimension to a liability portfolio opens up new strategies for asset liability and debt managers, say ABN AMRO’s Brice Benaben and Sebastien Goldenberg.

How will Basel II hit corporates?

June 2, 2004

Basel II’s restrictions on banks are bound to change their relationships with their corporate clients. Jules Stewart looks at what firms should expect once the new Accord is in place.

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