Latest articles from Michael Watt

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BAML's CIB chief says US dominance is here to stay

March 1, 2016

US investment banks have emerged from the post-crisis era in much better shape than their European counterparts, a situation that, according to BAML's head of corporate and investment banking, Christian Meissner, is not about to change.

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Buyside counts cost of bank regulation

March 1, 2016

The impact of new regulation on banks has been the subject of fevered debate in the recent years. What share of the pain has the buyside had to endure? Michael Watt reports. 

Dealers optimistic about single-name CDS market

February 1, 2016

The credit default swap market has suffered years of declining volumes, thanks to regulatory burdens and the quiet economic cycle. However, as idiosyncratic risk rises, there is a new feeling of optimism among credit traders. Can the CDS market bounce back? 

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Citi DCM EMEA chief still sees ways of getting business done

February 1, 2016

The economic outlook is uncertain at best, but Citi’s head of DCM and syndicate business for EMEA, Will Weaver, is confident that issuers can successfully hit the market if they get their timing right. Michael Watt reports. 

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LCH-Clearnet US chief plays the innovation game

January 4, 2016

David Weisbrod, US chief executive of LCH-Clearnet, speaks to Michael Watt about new product launches for 2016, and the dangers posed by over-zealous regulation. 

Corporates bank on expansion of financial services

Corporates bank on expansion of financial services

January 4, 2016

Non-financial firms are increasingly parking their tanks on the lawns of traditional, mainstream banks, with a massive growth in lending from car manufacturers and supermarkets, especially. Can these operations disrupt the banking market, or will they be undermined by weak parent entities? 

Structural reforms left behind by changes to banking markets

January 1, 2016

Structural reforms have consumed an immense amount of time and effort from regulators and industry participants in the past few years, but will they be made obsolete by more general changes to the global banking market? 

Cross-border conundrums still hampering OTC derivative markets

Cross-border conundrums still hampering OTC derivative markets

December 1, 2015

Regulators in Europe and the US are still dealing with a backlog of cross-border problems in the over-the-counter derivatives market. Are these issues resolvable, and what is at stake if they are not? By Michael Watt.

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Investment banking: an uncertain future?

November 2, 2015

Seven years on from the start of the financial crisis, many investment banks are still lost in the fog, casting around for a viable business model. With regulatory pressures continuing to mount, and operating costs getting ever higher, can the industry find a workable way through the gloom?

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JPMorgan finds European equities still resilient after 2015 turbulence

November 2, 2015

European equities stayed strong in 2015 despite events in Greece and China. Klauss Hessberger and Achintya Mangla, co-heads of European ECM at JP Morgan, talk to Michael Watt about their team's activity during these tricky periods. 

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