Essien’s Ecobank charm offensive

Essien’s Ecobank charm offensive

Albert Essien has brought much-needed calm to the bank

Too quick to PIK?

Too quick to PIK?

The deals set to haunt European high yield


Abigail with attitude

Abigail with attitude: Volatility, trends and 'Europe-itis'

Abigail with attitude: Volatility, trends and 'Europe-itis'

November 2014

So the long awaited and much anticipated correction to global markets finally came to pass. Although, if you had been away for an autumn mini-break, you would have missed all the action.


The Blackstone and Taubman affair

November 2014

Banks still in the un-investible doghouse

November 2014

Credit Suisse's misguided re-re-shuffle

November 2014

Abigail with attitude: Pimco – the Tom and Jerry show

October 2014

This month, this column is all about investment management. For as long as I can remember, investment bankers and traders have been the rock and roll stars of the financial world.

Abigail with attitude: Blackstone’s disengagement from Russia

October 2014

I was intrigued to see that Blackstone, the leading private equity firm, is disengaging from Russia.

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Against the tide

Against the tide: Eurozone still under the cosh

Against the tide: Eurozone still under the cosh

November 2014

The financial sector remains central to the eurozone’s economic woes. Promises of ECB support only prolong the problem.


Against the tide: Draghi’s dilemma

October 2014

The ECB president is striving to stave off deflation in the eurozone yet Germany will not countenance full quantitative easing. Something must give.

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Inside investment

Inside investment: Uranium – Metal of the mind and Tohoku

Inside investment: Uranium – Metal of the mind and Tohoku

November 2014

Investment is easy when you can immanentize the eschaton. But even radioactive assets such as uranium can be worth running a Geiger counter over.


Inside investment: Fed not alone in its dottiness

October 2014

Since the US Federal Reserve met in September the data has been tortured and every word pored over. Why are we in awe of the crystal ball gazing of supposed experts?

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Macaskill on markets

Macaskill on markets: Credit investors talk a good fight

Macaskill on markets: Credit investors talk a good fight

November 2014

Blackstone and Pimco are talking a good fight when it comes to possible credit market dislocation. The widening in high-yield debt spreads that accompanied a bout of panic in global equity markets in mid October prompted displays of bravado from the investment firms.


Macaskill on markets: The secret diary of Bill Gross

October 2014

Jon Macaskill imagines how the star fund manager might have recorded the reasons behind his shock move from Pimco to Janus Capital. Item one: update his enemy list.

Macaskill on markets: Sideways – Penalty augury

September 2014

Banking industry analysts are not to be deterred in their quest to quantify the unquantifiable. The new philosopher’s stone for the modern day alchemists of analysis is finding a way to estimate the size and impact of future fines for misconduct by banks. This may not be quite as challenging as transmuting base metal into gold, but it presents difficulties nonetheless.

Macaskill on markets: Tesco – we’re not as bad as Barclays

September 2014

The aftermath of a £250m accounting scandal that led to a £2bn drop in the value of its shares might not seem like the best time for UK retailer Tesco to think about ramping up its activity in banking.

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Leaders

Ukraine bonds: Keep calm and carry on paying

Ukraine bonds: Keep calm and carry on paying

November 2014

When Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz paid $1.6 billion to redeem a bond maturing on October 1, one Twitter commentator accused the country’s policymakers of “defaulting on its citizens”.


Borrowers must improve bond liquidity

November 2014

Last month’s volatility provided a worrying reminder of how illiquid the bond markets have become, how piecemeal has been the response of traders, investors and issuers and how concerned regulators now are

Banking: Asia-Pacific’s regulation headache

October 2014

Pity the regional Asian bank chiefs dealing with myriad local regulators as well as extra-territorial oversight.

ECB's ABS purchase plan: Draghi out of options

October 2014

Corporate bond-buying rumour underscores need for further ECB action.

Latin America: Of brothers and cousins

October 2014

The relative harmony of the Pacific Alliance means that Argentina and Brazil must now start to listen to their little brothers in Mercosur.

Real estate: A curious case for Qatar

October 2014

The QIA has found itself on both sides of a property spat. But when in-fighting turns into a court case, only the lawyers will end up winning.

Banking: The cost of fintech

October 2014

Headcounts might fall as banks prepare for the digital future, but those whizz kids building apps don’t come cheap.

The new normal for emerging markets

October 2014

China, the dollar and oil. All three are moving in novel directions.

Arab Bank: The tyranny of KYC

October 2014

The fine handed out to Arab Bank for allegedly financing Hamas poses fundamental questions for the banking industry.

Intra-African trade: Protect against protectionism

October 2014

Intra-African trade is hindered by protectionism, while historical feuds threaten long-term development. The authorities should be doing more to fight these issues.

Electronic bank billing: Bills, bills, bills

October 2014

Global banks and their corporate clients need to work together to bring billing into modern digital age and more in-line with other industries

Unchain Indian finance

September 2014

India needs a litany of reforms to unshackle its stalled capitalist project. Modi’s government should take inspiration from the paradox of Singapore’s activist state and strong private sector.

Brazil elections: Don’t bank on Marina

September 2014

Brazil’s business community wants ‘anyone but Dilma’ as its next president. But Marina Silva will not be able to deliver everything that business, or the country, needs

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Front end



Debates

Lebanon debate: Lebanon faces up to its severe challenges

September 2014

Lebanon’s economy was already under pressure before the arrival of countless refugees from Syria. The IMF has flagged up serious problems in the public finances and the country itself recognizes the need for reform in many areas. Nevertheless, a stable political base and strong banking sector offer cause for optimism

UAE/India debate: Trade and investment corridor booms

September 2014

The economic ties between the UAE and India have gone from strength to strength in recent years and are set to deepen further. The UAE not only offers India the promise of investment in its creaking infrastructure, but a compelling investment environment for Indian companies and a staging post for expansion. Conversely, Asia’s third largest economy offers Arab companies growth opportunities

Brazil private banking debate: Brazil’s problems prompt safety-first approach

September 2014

Private banking clients in Brazil face challenging times, bankers concede. The economy is under pressure and the country could yet suffer stagflation. Furthermore, an unpredictable presidential race leaves markets in limbo. However, bankers are confident their well-educated client base will not over-react, and instead maintain their long-term strategies

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Videos

Awards for Excellence 2014: Speeches and interview videos

July 2014

Including the winners of Best global bank, Best global investment bank, and Banker of the year.

Innovations in wealth management technology – videos

July 2014

Leading private bankers and nontraditional wealth advisers discuss how the industry can embrace technology.

Awards for Excellence 2014: Bank of America Merril Lynch video interviews

July 2014

Awards for Excellence 2014: Bank of Kigali video interview

July 2014

Awards for Excellence 2014: Deutsche Bank video interview

July 2014

Awards for Excellence 2014: JPMorgan video interview

July 2014

Awards for Excellence 2014: Ken Moelis video interview

July 2014

Awards for Excellence 2014: Lloyds Banking Group video interview

July 2014

Awards for Excellence 2014: CaixaBI video interview

July 2014

Awards for Excellence 2014: Guaranty Trust Bank video interview

July 2014

Awards for Excellence 2014: HSBC video interview

July 2014

Best global investment bank 2014: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, video

July 2014

Christian Meissner, head of global corporate and investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, accepts the award.

Ken Moelis, Banker of the Year 2014: video of acceptance speech

July 2014

Best global bank 2014: video of acceptance speech

July 2014

Canadian minister of finance at the Euromoney Global borrowers and investors forum - video

June 2014

Hon. Joe Oliver PC, MP and minister of finance for Canada gives the opening keynote at this year's Euromoney Global borrowers and investors forum.

UKIP's Nigel Farage "Doesn't believe in regulating bonuses" - video

June 2014

The leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage interviewed by Euromoney chairman Richard Ensor on stage at this year's Euromoney Global borrowers and investors forum.

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