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Battle for the benchmark

October 2, 2002

The fight to sell government euro bonds has never been fiercer. The French and Germans are battling it out for benchmark status while other eurozone countries are increasing liquidity and issuance size. Troubled equity markets make it all very attractive to investors.

Are Dresdner's days numbered?

September 2, 2002

All signs point to Allianz dismantling the once powerful Dresdner Bank, says Jan F Wagner in Frankfurt.

Paris aims for European supremacy

July 2, 2002

Six months after the launch of the euro, the finance markets of Paris are enjoying the success that it has brought. As Helena Frith Powell reports, the French capital has London firmly in its sights.

London calling

November 2, 2001

Henry Harington looks at the effect of September 11 on foreign banks in London, and finds many questioning their policy of maintaining all their operations under one roof.

Right, said Fred, both of us together

April 2, 2001

Karina Robinson talks to Fred Goodwin, group chief executive, Royal Bank of Scotland.

All power to the super regulator

February 2, 2001

Karina Robinson talks to the FSA’s Sir Howard Davies.

Better in than out

November 2, 2000

Kerin Hope reports on how Greece’s banking sector is preparing for entry into the euro-zone.

Tougher stance against failure

October 2, 2000

Turkey’s new regulatory body began operations last month with sweeping powers to oversee the troubled banking sector.

Italy's banks seek to compete in Europe

August 2, 2000

Italian banks reckon they are boosting efficiency and say politicians must now help by reducing the tax burden.

Better late than never

December 1, 1999

If Spain has waited 140 years to launch its first jumbo mortgage-backed bond it is not the fault of any mañana system. The cédula hipotecaria (CH) was introduced in the market in 1861 but, until this year, it remained an instrument exclusively for retail investors.

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