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Private banking: Flight to quality boosts Itaú

Private banking: Flight to quality boosts Itaú

What’s a wealthy Brazilian to do faced with economic and political turmoil, scandal at one of the country’s leading private banks, and a big change to the tax law? Turn to the undisputed market leader in wealth management, it seems.

Private banking: Regionals on the rise in CEE

Private banking: Regionals on the rise in CEE

Low interest rates in emerging Europe are driving less committed players out of the private banking market but giving a boost to regional lenders by enhancing the appeal of investment products.

CSR: Impact reporting colours green bonds

CSR: Impact reporting colours green bonds

Leading green bond issuers are working together to find a solution to one of the problems holding back the growth of the market – how to report back to fund managers on the environmental impact of their investments.

The future of the RMB: special focus

The future of the RMB: special focus

An in-depth guide to global currency wars; how Beijing is seeking to globalize the renminbi, through currency swaps and trade-financing facilities; the rise of the offshore bond market; and how fee-hungry banks are salivating at the prospect of the RMB’s growth.

Brazil: BNDES – extrication impossible

Brazil: BNDES – extrication impossible

With a struggling economy, Brazil will continue to rely heavily on its state development bank to provide long-term finance for crucial infrastructure projects, unless private-sector alternatives can be found.

Barclays' identity crisis

Barclays' identity crisis

One year on from its big restructuring announcement, Barclays is still struggling to convince that it has found the right model.

Have Wall Street banks gone subprime at the wrong time?

Wall Street is praying that the US economy will land softly now that the Federal Reserve has pricked the housing market bubble, because it will be bad news for mortgage origination if house prices stall for long or, even worse, fall.

SS Euro - sinking the unsinkable

SS Euro - sinking the unsinkable

This is the risk they won't talk about in Brussels, Bonn or Paris - that monetary union, once entered into, goes horribly wrong, scuppering the SS Euro.