Latest articles from Philip Alexander

New team helps RBS to keep up the conversation with clients

New team helps RBS to keep up the conversation with clients

December 2, 2013

Sanjeev Kumar leads a corporate advisory team at RBS designed to maintain the ability to provide large corporates with strategic advice after the bank’s exit from mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He tells The Banker why talk is valuable.

US regulators put the squeeze on liquidity

November 25, 2013

The US Federal Reserve’s proposals to implement the liquidity coverage ratio component of Basel III involves hitting their deadline sooner than Basel's recommendations and tighter definitions of liquid assets.

Rising interest spreads for African banks

November 20, 2013
Rising interest spreads for African banks Teaser

A majority of African banks were able to increase their interest rate spreads in 2012, but high inflation tends to be a major factor for the top performers.

Credit Agricole hones debt house role

Crédit Agricole hones debt house role

November 1, 2013

The corporate and investment banking arm of France’s Crédit Agricole has been through several rounds of strategic repositioning and its chief executive says its final shape is now in sight.

Bond markets alive and adapting

November 1, 2013

Predictions that an end to US quantitative easing would cause a major upset in the bond markets have not materialised, but the landscape is changing gradually for primary issuance.

Top Islamic banks ranking, 2013: Finding quality growth

November 1, 2013

Islamic banks are growing more quickly than their conventional counterparts, but not all of this growth is generating good returns.

Can the FSB steer the repo debate?

October 28, 2013

The proposals on securities lending and financing in the Financial Stability Board’s paper on shadow banking have reassured market participants, but it is unclear whether they will override more draconian ideas.

Will Basel III lead to higher borrowing costs?

October 11, 2013
Global systemically important banks – interest spreads

The Bank for International Settlements suggests there is evidence that higher capital requirements for systemically important banks have led to higher interest rates on their lending to bolster return on equity. But interest spreads are still far lower than a decade ago.

Gael de Boissard

Credit Suisse chief earns time to stop and think

October 1, 2013

Early moves to reduce leverage and cut non-core businesses at Credit Suisse have allowed its investment bank co-head to think carefully about the future of the market, and how to adapt to it.

Emerging market FX still in demand

October 1, 2013

A sell-off in some emerging market currencies owing to expectations of higher US interest rates cannot disguise the long-term trend toward greater foreign exchange activity for global banks in emerging markets.

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