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Making sense of the markets

Euromoney Skew takes a look at the highlights from the latest issue of Euromoney magazine.

November is turning out to be another hectic month, so here are some highlights from the November issue of Euromoney that get to the core of the main issues in banking and capital markets.

Shrunk and disorderly: Why banks face a painful transition to a smaller future

Bond and equity investors will no longer support the big bank model that has dominated for a generation. This could force a break-up of large, complex, universal banks into much smaller and more specialized institutions.

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Funding freeze pushes banks closer to the edge

Despite a handful of deals from top-quality issuers, the senior unsecured FIG market in Europe remains on life support. Some institutions will soon have to swallow their pride and issue at record spreads.

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Investment banking: Do more due diligence

Consultants hired by banks to help vet potential clients for initial listing say some investment banks are spending less than ever on due diligence, even as more fraudulent companies are exposed. Might investors in their deals suffer?

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EFSF: How not to structure a CDO

The EU’s plans for the EFSF are a retrospective masterclass in everything that went wrong with structured credit.

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Macaskill on markets: Corzine likely to avoid crash landing with golden parachute

MF Global’s spectacular failure could have a knock-on effect on confidence in another mid-sized firm with ambitions to join the investment banking elite: Jefferies.

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Macaskill on markets: Biting off Moore than can be chewed

When Richard Moore was leaving Citigroup after two decades at the bank, in roles including global head of foreign exchange, he told colleagues he was considering a career shift to professional poker player.

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- Euromoney Skew Blog

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