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Shedding light on shadow banking

March 26, 2012

The rise of non-bank intermediaries in Europe is an opportunity, not a threat

Thirst for Foster's boosts SABMiller deal

March 1, 2012

SABMiller's need to finance its $12.3bn takeover of Foster's saw it issue a $7bn multi-tranche Yankee. The result defied even the most optimistic of expectations, with high demand seeing the brewer come close to refinancing its bridging loan of $8bn in one fell swoop.

Global banks go back to basics

March 1, 2012

Investors appear to have lost confidence in diversified cross-border banking models, forcing banks to decide what they do best.

Bank of America

Fee criticism brings costs quandary for US retail banks

February 1, 2012

With traditional revenue streams taking a hit as a result of new regulations, retail banks in the US face a predicament. Should they risk losing customers by increasing their fees to cover costs, or is there another strategy that will appease shareholders and customers alike?

Politics can still trump prudence

February 1, 2012

Regulators are making much of macroprudential tools to prevent future bubbles. But regulatory capture remains an obvious risk.

Are emerging market banks more transparent?

December 21, 2011

Banks in emerging markets appear to run greater risks to achieve greater returns. But they may just be more conservative in assessing their risks.

Mind the GAAP on bank leverage

December 8, 2011
Us vs Europe teaser

US GAAP accounting standards may offer a misleading picture of leverage among five of the largest American banks relative to their European counterparts, because US banks net out derivatives exposure when calculating total assets.

Commodities supp teaser

CFTC commodity rules divide financial world

December 1, 2011

The US's Commodity Futures Trading Commission's new rules were passed by a slim majority of three to two and met with much chagrin as those opposing the changes threatened legal action. But with its position limit levels set wide, how will the reforms actually affect investment banks?

Christian Meissner

BAML CIB co-head takes comfort in deal dominance

December 1, 2011

Revenues may be down but market share is up for Bank of America Merrill Lynch's corporate and investment banking division. This is giving its global co-head, Christian Meissner, cause for optimism going into 2012, despite the tough markets in Europe and Asia.

DCM COVER TEASER

High-yield bonds battered but still resilient

November 1, 2011

Junk bonds have suffered badly since the start of June, with investors being quick to sell off what is one of the riskiest fixed-income asset classes. But bankers point to the market’s underlying strengths and insist it will only get bigger in the long term. 

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