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Cash alternative society can only work if the market says ‘yes’

May 7, 2007

Projections for a prepaid-card economy see 360 million cards issued in Europe by 2010. But this lucrative business still carries risks.

Bank consortium joins forces to share the spoils of M&A market

May 7, 2007

The three-way bid by RBS, Fortis and Santander for ABN AMRO is the prototype for a new model of mergers and acquisitions deal.

An end to old certainties

April 2, 2007

Globalisation is throwing up new consumer potential in the emerging world and shattering old theories of economic management. Banks failing to track this fast-moving target will be consigned to history.

Don’t tar all vultures with the same brush

March 5, 2007

The current Zambian case not withstanding, most distressed debt traders form a valuable part of the financial system.

Application of Equator Principles lands adherents in hot water

March 5, 2007

The establishment of a set of voluntary guidelines for project finance has handed pressure groups a stick with which to beat banks.

LSE risks losing out by resting on its laurels

February 5, 2007

While rejecting numerous overtures from suitors, the London Stock Exchange has failed to go on the offensive and risks being left behind.

Cries of impending catastrophe at HSBC are overblown

February 5, 2007

The UK bank’s US exposure should only be a short-term liability and shareholders will again benefit once the economy rebounds.

US sees folly of heavy-handed regulation

January 8, 2007

This may be the year that the US pendulum swings away from excessive regulation towards balanced principles.

Liberalisation is not a free ride into China

January 8, 2007

Despite China opening up banking to foreigners, incomers will face difficult challenges to make an impact on such a gargantuan market.

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