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Getting ready for a raid on Postbank

October 4, 2004

In The Banker’s May 2004 cover story, we posed the question: what should Deutsche Bank do next?

Golden opportunity for central bankers

October 4, 2004

John Maynard Keynes once described gold as that “barbarous relic”. Decades later, the relic’s continuing survival must cast doubt on the original hypothesis. All the same, the metal is no less difficult to understand.

Why don’t you grow up?

October 4, 2004

The excitement surrounding the opening up of China’s financial markets is considerable. Exchanges across the world have been fighting to set up alliances with potential local counterparts, and the banks that have long competed to establish themselves in a prominent position in the market have recently stepped up a gear, hiring and investing strongly in the country. However, there is still one area of potential growth that invites considerable scepticism from bankers and industry observers: the bond market.

Citigroup SIV enters uncharted space

October 4, 2004

Citigroup Alternative Investments last month launched a pioneering structured investment vehicle. It boosts leverage to the subordinated noteholder without really increasing the risk and will widen the potential investor base. Edward Russell-Walling talks to the team.

Investor base widens for new EU players

October 4, 2004

Once they join the euro, the EU’s 10 new members will need to broaden their investor appeal. But increased competition for investors’ funds will be offset by the huge boost in their investor base, writes Joanna Hickey.

Michael Uva

October 4, 2004

Designing organisational structures to best suit client needs and maximise investment banks’ flexibility is a difficult balancing act, especially if they must also match long-term market opportunities. Geraldine Lambe talks to Michael Uva at Morgan Stanley.

Iberian ABS market pulls in European investors

October 4, 2004

Asset-backed securities from the Iberian Peninsula have proved popular with European investors. A recent transaction, the first to be backed by auto leases and loans, and to combine a securitisation framework from Portugal and Spain, indicates that the market is still developing.

The value of innovation

September 2, 2004

Being first to market with a new product can benefit a bank in terms of reputation and margin. But is the cost of development really worth it? Natasha de Teran reports

Gas deal fuels Russian ABS

September 2, 2004

Gazprom secured a hit with Russia’s first investment-grade securitisation, and one that will help to drive the country’s asset-backed securities market. Geraldine Lambe talks to ABN AMRO about its part in the deal.

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