Latest articles from Philip Alexander

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Cleaning up sovereign debt

December 23, 2009

The US and European governments have so far managed to maintain investor appetite for greatly increased issuance of public debt. But decisive action will be needed to avoid paying a high price in the near future. Writer Philip Alexander

Cleaning up Sovereign debt

December 23, 2009

The US and European governments have so far managed to maintain investor appetite for greatly increased issuance of public debt. But decisive action will be needed to avoid paying a high price in the near future.

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Austria & Italy: Diversification begins to deliver

November 27, 2009

In early 2009, shares in Austrian and Italian banks were pummelled by investors fearing that their exposure to central and eastern Europe would threaten balance sheets. Now they are fighting back, and staying safely in profit. Writer Philip Alexander

The survival of Russian retail banking

October 28, 2009

The Russian retail banking sector has survived the crisis largely intact, and the change of focus from growth to funding and risk management could have long-term benefits for its resilience. Writer Philip Alexander

Equity derivatives: The new environment

October 28, 2009

Emmanuel Naim, Equity manager for the cross-asset solutions group, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking

Emmanuel Naim, equity manager for the cross-asset solutions group at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, explains how the equity derivatives business has overcome the challenges posed by the Lehman bankruptcy to continue offering investors ways to participate in the equity market. Writer Philip Alexander

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Measuring up

October 5, 2009

Widely criticised after the subprime crisis as part of the problem, it seems that credit ratings agencies are still regarded as part of the solution by the market and regulators alike. Writer Philip Alexander

Crisis shakes up the competitive landscape

October 5, 2009

While damaged counterparty status has driven some banks back from the foreign exchange market, those with healthier balance sheets are expanding their offering. Philip Alexander reports.

Crisis stirs sleeping giant into life

October 5, 2009

Dominant state-owned Sberbank has not so far matched its entrenched status with market-leading service quality. The bank's head of strategy, Denis Bugrov, explains how he aims to change that. Writer Philip Alexander

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Local players step up as Russian market thaws

October 5, 2009

Russian capital markets have taken longer than most to thaw in the wake of the credit crisis, but leading local investment banks are now getting the chance to put their new ownership structures to the test. Writer Philip Alexander

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Infrastructure splurge will not be blown off course

October 5, 2009

The credit crunch may delay Turkey's extensive plans to upgrade power supplies and road networks, but it has certainly not derailed them. Writer Philip Alexander

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