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why Africans are increasingly investing in Africa

Home comforts: why Africans are increasingly investing in Africa

August 1, 2015

Investment into Africa has usually been the preserve of developed world firms seeking extra yield for their portfolios. However, in the past few years more and more money has been poured into African projects by local investors as African wealth increases. 

BNP Paribas aims for sustainable success

BNP Paribas expands green bonds operation

August 1, 2015

Green bonds are fast becoming in-demand instruments for capital markets investors, and BNP Paribas has restructured its debt capital market business to capture this growth. By Edward Russell-Walling.

Sultan Choudhury

Al Rayan Bank CEO enjoys UK comforts

August 1, 2015

Al Rayan Bank CEO Sultan Choudhury explains how the first Western sharia-compliant bank defied early setbacks and the global financial crisis to write its own success story. 

what the future holds for GE Capital

A smaller focus: what the future holds for GE Capital

July 1, 2015

GE Capital was once responsible for more than half General Electric’s profit. So why is the conglomerate busy dismantling the international assets of its financial arm?

Credit Suisse cements Lafarge Holcim merger

Credit Suisse cements Lafarge Holcim merger

July 1, 2015

Credit Suisse has successfully guided a mega cement merger between Holcim and Lafarge, easing anti-trust sentiments among regulators and constructing a multi-track asset sale.

Argentina continues to walk a default tightrope

Argentina continues to walk a default tightrope

July 1, 2015

It is becoming less and less likely that Argentina will resolve its dispute with international investors over its 2002 default before its presidential election in October. The question is, will the country drift further apart from the international investor community, or will the next government bring about the structural reforms markets are impatient to see?

Investors look to cross-asset derivatives strategies

Investors look to cross-asset derivatives strategies

July 1, 2015

Frustrated by poor returns from traditional long-only portfolios, investors are increasingly examining the possibility of venturing into cross-asset derivatives strategies. And dealers are keen to offer such products, with Risk Premia indices proving particularly popular. 

Structured products market wary of TLAC threat

Structured products market wary of TLAC threat

July 1, 2015

After a tough few years during and after the financial crisis, the structured products market has pulled itself back together and is in reasonably good shape. However, dealers say new capital rules from the FSB could kill off the business altogether, just as it has begun a shift towards more automation and greater execution efficiency.  

Leverage ratio could deal fatal blow to client clearing

Leverage ratio could deal fatal blow to client clearing

July 1, 2015

Regulators have looked to central clearing as a solution for many ills in the derivatives market, but banks are now saying that they may be unable to offer a clearing house connection to clients because of costs imposed by another new regulatory measure: the leverage ratio.

Structured products investors look beyond home markets for returns

Structured products investors look beyond home markets for returns

July 1, 2015

Structured products investment is becoming more mobile, with investors looking to new regions for higher returns. European and Japanese markets have proved enticing over the last year or so, while China is moving ever closer to releasing its full potential as an investor destination.  

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