Latest articles from Joanne Hart

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Will other banks follow Kookmin?

July 7, 2009

South Korea's Kookmin bank issued the first covered bond out of an emerging market earlier this year. It was lapped up by investors although its pricing has been questioned. But more importantly, is it the first of many other emerging market banks to look to covered bond investors for funding? Writer Joanne Hart

Drowning in debt

March 10, 2009

Leading countries are poised to issue massive amounts of debt in an attempt to revive their flagging economies. But could this backfire if investors lose confidence, leading to worldwide panic? Joanne Hart investigates.

After meltdown comes an ice age

December 1, 2008

It’s cold out there in the markets and in the freezing conditions, merger and acquisition activity has slowed to a virtual standstill. But the market is not entirely dead, and if necessity is the mother of invention, it can also be the mother of the M&A deal. Writer Joanne Hart.

Europe eyes SPACs as survival aid for credit crisis

August 4, 2008

The US has shown the way with special purpose vehicles that could prove a safe bet in today’s volatile market.

Renewable enthusiasm

June 2, 2008

Instability in many of the regions supplying oil and gas, coupled with escalating costs in the fossil fuel market, has caused the financial markets to look towards the renewable energy sector. Business sense, as well as an environmental conscience, make this a wise move, writes Joanne Hart.

Whatever happened to ‘negative flex’?

April 7, 2008

In the wake of the market crisis, fewer syndicated loans are being issued, terms are tighter, prices are up and non-bank investors have virtually left the market, reports Joanne Hart.

ABN AMRO unlocks the door to liquidity

November 5, 2007

For ABN AMRO’s pioneering property derivatives team the value of deals is mushrooming, but it is keen that other players enter the market and create greater liquidity. Joanne Hart reports.

Appetite for lending

July 4, 2007

The syndicated loans market has grown rapidly in recent years, driven primarily by an increase in corporate takeovers, private equity transactions and infrastructure deals. Strong liquidity means there is plenty of cash to invest, and banks are willing lenders. Joanne Hart reports.

Bespoke solutions

May 7, 2007

Structured products are a result of investors becoming moresophisticated and demanding. Now banks are happy to tailor investments to meet a client’s every wish. Joanne Hart reports.

Is private equity the medicine that Germany’s banks need?

November 6, 2006

Private equity investors entering the world of Germany’s public sector banks could provide a shot in the arm for the country’s traditional three-pillar banking system. Joanne Hart reports.

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