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Asia hails arrival of the hybrids

May 2, 2005

As new frameworks such as Basel II are implemented by Asia’s regulators, the region’s banks will have to adopt innovative new ways of raising debt and capital.Brian Caplen explains.
In the grim days following the Asian financial crisis, efficient capital management was not a concept much in vogue with the region’s banks.
Staying alive in any shape or form was the focus, not fussing about different forms of capital. But now the onward march of regulation in Asia and new demands from shareholders are concentrating the minds of bank management.

Harold Bogle

May 2, 2005

CSFB’s global head of financial sponsor coverage tells Geraldine Lambe how the sector is growing in leaps and bounds and how his team has gone from ‘three guys’ to an 80-strong global business.

Open for trade

May 2, 2005

A decade in the making, Turkey’s derivatives exchange aims to reduce risk in foreign currency, commodities and share trading. 

Spain covers up

April 4, 2005

Michael Marray examines the Spanish covered bond market and reasons behind the recent boom in both issuance and investor appetite.

In pursuit of a single market

April 4, 2005

Mortgages are regarded as key to unlocking the benefits of an integrated single market for financial services. Philip Williamson, president of the European Mortgage Federation, looks at market developments and how covered bonds, once the preserve of housing finance, are emerging as one of Europe’s major funding instruments.

Market integration

April 4, 2005

Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, of the European Central Bank, discusses the implications of fragmented capital markets in the EU and why integration is crucial. Market segmentation is still strong in retail and the mortgage market, in particular, needs urgent attention.

International bestsellers

April 4, 2005

Covered bonds are hot property across the world from Europe to Asia. But pending legislation and regulator concern mean demand is fast outstripping supply. Michael Marray reports.

Fairwell investment bank, hello boutique

April 4, 2005

Still in his mid-40s, fixed income doyen TJ Lim decided he was too young to retire, but he was definitely through with big investment bank politics and bloody mergers.

Cautious mandates miss out on benefits

April 4, 2005

Then there’s the pension schemes. What is to be done about them? Asset managers complain that it’s an uphill struggle persuading trustees and consultants to take a more dynamic approach. Often mandates are constrained by numerous restrictions, such as not going short in the equity markets and by not investing in bonds below a certain credit rating.

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