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Russia plots a pensions revolution

September 1, 2017

As Russia contemplates a restructuring of its creaking pensions system, investors expect a positive effect on the securities market with the introduction of private individual pension capital accounts. However, the market is still immature and many decisions on reform are still to be made. Stefanie Linhardt reports from the International Financial Congress (IFC) in St Petersburg. 

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Will climate change cause the next financial crisis?

September 1, 2017

As extreme climate events become more frequent and governments ramp up their commitment to transitioning to lower carbon economies, are financial institutions prepared, or will their unaccounted-for climate risk lead to the next financial crisis? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Can Colombia’s bond market keep its new friends from overseas?

August 1, 2017

Foreign demand for Colombia’s peso-denominated bonds has been a boon for a country struggling with low commodity prices. But for how long will market confidence stay high? Jacopo Dettoni reports.

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How the World Bank scored an SDG bond first

August 1, 2017

The World Bank’s green bond issuance recently passed the $10bn milestone. Treasury capital markets director George Richardson explains to David Wigan how it is now spearheading other sustainable instruments.

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Chinese outbound M&A: what comes after the boom?

August 1, 2017

Chinese outbound M&A boomed in 2016, but then macroeconomic imbalances and a growth in potentially speculative investment sparked regulatory tightening to contain flows. So how is the market faring in 2017? Stefania Palma investigates.

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Islamic finance and the quest for common standards

August 1, 2017

While enjoying massive success, Islamic finance has developed in a piecemeal fashion, with many warning that global standardisation is needed if it is to avoid fragmentation and successfully push into frontier markets. James King reports.

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Retrieving Pakistan's lost emerging market status

July 3, 2017

Following the 2008 global financial crisis, Pakistan Stock Exchange former managing director Nadeem Naqvi was recruited to steer a course via consolidation and regulation of the regional exchanges, and regain emerging market status for the PSE and oversee its listing. Edward Russell-Walling reports. 

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Infrastructure: an asset class at last?

July 3, 2017

At a recent Washington, DC forum, multilateral development banks (MDBs) agreed they should expand emerging market private sector investment in addition to lending to governments for major infrastructure projects. This, they agreed, needs a coherent and standardised approach, as Jane Monahan reports.

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Infrastructure knows no borders for AIIB president

July 3, 2017

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank president Jin Liqun outlines to Stefania Palma how the bank will be building a portfolio within and beyond Asia’s borders.

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How will Brazil emerge from its political drama?

July 3, 2017

From infrastructure to green energy, Brazil offers myriad investment opportunities. However, such opportunities are contingent on the government not crumbling under corruption investigations, it managing to pass unpopular reforms, and it keeping its word on concession rules, writes Silvia Pavoni.

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