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2. What are the challenges facing your business or geography?

May 2, 2005

To the question of what is the biggest challenge, the overwhelming response is that posed by competition and the continued pressure on margins. Almost 40% of The Banker’s respondents cited this as the most pressing challenge to their business.

1. What – or where – are the current opportunities in FX?

May 2, 2005

The search for yield is as marked in the FX sector as it is elsewhere. Just as fixed income volumes have been bolstered by a healthy growth in emerging markets (EM) business, emerging markets are being identified as the next big thing in FX.

Opportunities and challenges abound

May 2, 2005

In The Banker’s annual FX Poll, we focus on the interbank market and find that despite a combination of downward pressures, the FX market offers as many opportunities as it does challenges.Geraldine Lambeanalyses the results.

A new kid on the outsourcing block?

May 2, 2005

On the list of favoured outsourcing destinations, Hong Kong’s name rarely appears. But Hong Kong is the location of choice for the fast-growing trade finance outsourcing business. Why?

Predictions point to era of mega banks

May 2, 2005

To reach a conclusion, the EAI has engaged a Zurich-based consultant to assess the research and in a first round list of commended brokers, Deutsche came top.

Looking in the wrong direction

May 2, 2005

When US Attorney General Eliot Spitzer gave his tirade against the research done by investment banks, he almost certainly missed the point. The research may be conflicted but a far more serious charge is that the major part of it is irrelevant.

Deutsche rides on wave of euro deals

May 2, 2005

Deutsche Bank’s successful euro issuance for Brazil helped the dollar market to rally, setting the stage for it to do subsequent dollar and euro deals for a diverse range of issuers. Sophie Roell reports.
The Greeks may have won Euro 2004 but the Germans are firmly in the lead when it comes to euro issuance out of Latin America.

Leave them wanting more

May 2, 2005

Edward Russell-Walling reports on what is likely to be Sampo Bank’s last conventional bond issue before it enters the covered bond market.
It was a case of April showers in the bond markets, as the General Motors downgrade dampened investor enthusiasm for non-government issues.
Finland’s Sampo Bank stayed out of the wet, however, with a nicely judged €500m offering that was nearly twice oversubscribed.

Cost-efficiency

May 2, 2005

Another active issuer this year has been Rabobank, whose offerings include a €1.25bn five-year benchmark deal in January, which generated solid demand in Asia.
“We do some benchmark issues in dollars but, over the past 18 months, we’ve generally found it more cost effective to issue in euros,” says Patrick Mitchell, head of funding at Rabobank in Singapore. “The amount of our euro-denominated paper placed in Asia has increased over the past 12 months, and 20% of a euro benchmark trade would now typically be sold in Asia.”

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