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It’s hard work to get hands on capital

November 3, 2003

The European pension fund crisis could be partly resolved by persuading companies to manage their working capital better and release funds. One estimate is that European companies have about E600bn trapped in inefficient cash flow management. Release it and they can top up their ailing pension funds and a lot more besides – new acquisitions, new growth, things that could bring moribund European economies back to life.

An old hand avoids new red tape

November 3, 2003

Where are they now? Michael Philipp, former head of global asset management at Deutsche Bank, hands me a business card that reads: “Vision Fuel Services, Peachtree Street, Atlanta”, a company of which he is “principal”. Is it an opticians or a fuel supplier? “It’s my son’s business,” he says, none too helpfully.

Tightening trend continues

November 3, 2003

Geraldine Lambe analyses The Banker’s Credit Risk 500 and finds the figures add up to a positive picture for corporates and financials as spreads tighten across all sectors.

Joe Dryer

October 6, 2003

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