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Private capital rushes to fund green energy innovators

The IPO market has all but closed as rates rise and stock prices fall. But even as they mark existing holdings down, private equity investors will still provide big volumes of new capital to young companies seeking to scale up. The key factor? That those firms are focused on green energy and dealing with the climate crisis. Freed from the noise of public stock markets, these big funds are happy to back their own long-term views of the most promising growth businesses.
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Removing bonus caps in the UK and undermining the Bank of England could exacerbate a sterling crisis while entrenching US dominance of investment banking.
China has in the past felt compelled to accept the terms of IMF programmes in struggling nations without due consideration of its own views.
The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have brutally exposed the fragility of global supply chains.
As the world’s biggest investment banks prepare to report third-quarter earnings in October, the signals are bad across the board.
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Banking reform in Ukraine: Fighting on all fronts

Despite the Russian bombs pounding Ukraine, there have been no wartime bank runs, no bank collapses or even the suggestion of a systemic wobble. That is largely thanks to the work of former National Bank of Ukraine governor Valeria Gontareva. She tells Euromoney that the time for further reform to the stricken country’s banking sector is now.

It’s time for India’s economy to shine

India’s refusal to take a side over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is typical of a geopolitical approach that aims to keep everyone onside – to India’s advantage. Doing so helps the country to keep inflation in check, the one threat to an exceptionally powerful domestic story that is enticing the banking sector.

Commodity trade finance gets tough in a destabilized world

While the impact on energy is centre stage, the war in Ukraine is also wreaking havoc on soft commodity prices and trade routes. Trade in agricultural commodities is taking a hit. The pool of banks financing these commodities is already dwindling, while the risks for those that remain are growing.

Polish mortgage holidays risk permanent damage for banks

In what was supposed to be a banner year for Poland’s banks, free universal mortgage holidays are set to halve profits in the sector in 2022. Many fear the government will extend the policy as elections approach in 2023. Are Poland’s attacks on mortgage interest margins in the name of fighting Russia-fuelled inflation a sign of things to come elsewhere?
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WHAT THEY SAID

Yuriy Butsa, Ukraine’s government commissioner for public debt management, says the IMF needs a new approach
Aloke Gupte, JPMorgan’s co-head of equity capital markets EMEA, believes that private capital will enable new technologies to develop
KVS Manian, leader of the wholesale banking operations of Kotak Mahindra, explains India’s approach
Deborah Brautigam, founding director of the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, explores the appetite for Chinese lending
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