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Italy's Snam closes book on busy 2017

December 1, 2017

Italian energy company Snam demerged from Italgas in 2016, and since then has pulled off several deals to reduce its debt financing costs, ultimately leading to a rating upgrade. David Wigan reports.

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Is optimism for 2018 justified?

December 1, 2017

Shock election outcomes, concerns about global protectionism and the consequences of the Brexit vote led to a general air of pessimism going into 2017, yet the markets remain sanguine in the face of myriad risks, even into 2018. Is this optimism well placed – or just complacency? Edward Russell-Walling reports.

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​Where is the reporting robot?

November 28, 2017

Banks have added huge staff numbers to cope with regulation and compliance. Consultants and regtech may eventually put this trend into reverse, writes Brian Caplen.

The ECB’s NPL proposal highlights the need for a rethink on regulation

November 27, 2017

The European Central Bank’s guidelines regarding non-performing loans are the result of an irregular process and mean more compliance headaches for banks, writes Giovanni Sabatini of the European Banking Federation.

Paraguay's finance minister brings youth to the table

November 27, 2017

Paraguay’s finance minister, Lea Giménez, talks to Silvia Pavoni about curbing government inefficiency and what a changing economy means for the country’s younger generation.

Barnier’s words imply hard Brexit for London

November 27, 2017

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier appears to have crushed City of London hopes for a financial services free-trade deal after Brexit.

Will China keep up its regulatory crackdown?

November 27, 2017

The Chinese authorities’ regulatory clampdown has entered its next phase. Will they persist, if even the economy suffers?

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Would modified MiFID keep Lloyd Blankfein in London?

November 21, 2017

There has been talk of deregulating London to keep it competitive after Brexit. MiFID II would be a good place to start, writes Brian Caplen.

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Will there be an EU banking union in time for the next crisis?

November 14, 2017

With the continuing problems of banks holding large amounts of sovereign bonds as well as high NPL levels, the prospects for completing an EU banking union are poor, writes Brian Caplen.

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Crypto is capital despite Dimon's rant

November 7, 2017

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is among the critics of both Bitcoin and initial coin offerings. But, properly regulated, they c​an ​be an effective way to raise capital, writes Brian Caplen.

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