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Russia’s good news hidden by hysteria

April 4, 2005

Alarmist predictions, while unfounded, present opportunities for investors, says William Browder.

Upward trend of oil is not a phase but a structural shift

April 4, 2005

It is time to acknowledge that there is a fundamental problem with demand and supply, which is only likely to get worse.

Shareholders sink Börse’s bid

April 4, 2005

Deutsche Börse’s thwarted attempt to acquire the London Stock Exchange has shown that buying or selling an exchange is not a simple matter.

Little Brother is more dangerous than Big Brother

April 4, 2005

With computer fraud on the rise, it is crucial to ensure your systems and staff get regular health checks.

Will Wolfowitz’s World Bank

April 4, 2005

As neoconservative and George W Bush ally Paul Wolfowitz takes the top job, the developing world is keeping its fingers crossed.

Key policymakers outline strategies for transforming Africa

April 4, 2005

If Africa is to change then key figures in Africa have to make it happen. This month, The Banker identifies eight of the major policymakers on the continent, their strategies for reform and their plans as architects of the renaissance. From South Africa’s Trevor Manuel to Congo’s Joseph Kabila, we look at the prospects, opportunities and challenges.

BNG moves into new pastures

April 4, 2005

Growing funding needs led Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten to shift its focus from the retail to the institutional market. Edward Russell-Walling reports on this and the bank’s strategic benchmark programme.

Killer-heeled guard of Botswana’s billions

March 7, 2005

Linah Mohohlo, governor of the Bank of Botswana, talks to Karina Robinson about fighting Aids and watching South Africa .

Principles in question

March 7, 2005

Momentum is building in favour of sustainability standards but there is still a long way to go. Jane Monahan looks at the state of progress in the implementation of the Equator Principles.
What has sustainability to do with private banks? Their labour policies are good and they do not produce the carbon emissions that are the main culprits of climate change.

Green goals and carbon emissions trading

March 7, 2005

HSBC aims to achieve carbon neutrality this year. As well as a drive to reduce its CO2 emissions, it will consider offsets such as emissions trading, which has the potential to become a free-standing investment market. Jules Stewart reports.
It is not often that a bank makes the news as a champion of the environment. But HSBC, the world’s second-largest bank, has taken on that role with the aim of becoming the world’s first major bank to commit to going carbon neutral.

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