Some investors buy even as ECB sparks bond market falls

Some investors buy even as ECB sparks bond market falls

While economists debate the likely path to reduction in the European Central Bank’s (ECB) swollen €4.2 trillion balance sheet, debt capital markets investors continue to buy long-dated bonds from sovereign, supranational and agency issuers.

Regulation: Chile to adopt Basel III

Regulation: Chile to adopt Basel III

Implementation of global standard will lead to higher tier-1 capital levels; banks well capitalized but predictions of sovereign downgrades cloud outlook.

Saving the world, one bond at a time

Saving the world, one bond at a time

It is rare for financial market professionals to feel they are helping to save the world, but a new capital markets deal from the World Bank to help the poorest countries cope with pandemics might be doing just that

Macaskill on markets: Curious Qatari tactics

Macaskill on markets: Curious Qatari tactics

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) charged Barclays and four former managers with fraud in June, alleging misconduct relating to two capital raising deals in 2008 and a loan to Qatar.

British banks are best in breed

British banks are best in breed

With Brexit now upon us, as warnings abound of the damage it will inflict on the UK economy and the country’s financial sector, Euromoney follows its instincts and puts two British banks on our short list to be recognized as the world’s best.

UBS: special focus

UBS: special focus

Euromoney's recent coverage of the Swiss bank's private-banking led strategic overhaul.

HSBC: special focus

HSBC: special focus

Euromoney's recent coverage of the global banking group from its global footprint, management shifts and strategic overhaul.

World's best bank 2017: HSBC

World's best bank 2017: HSBC

Stuart Gulliver’s six-year transformation of HSBC has created a global bank that works, rather than one that merely exists.

Taxpayers bail out Italian banks

Taxpayers bail out Italian banks

Just two weeks after Banco Popular’s rescue was hailed as a triumph of Europe’s post-crisis resolution regulation in action, Italian taxpayers are footing the €17 billion bill for the collapse of two long-troubled lenders.

AT1 capital/CoCo bonds: what you should know

AT1 capital/CoCo bonds: what you should know

Additional tier-1 (AT1) securities and contingent convertible capital instruments, known as CoCo bonds, absorb losses when the capital of the issuing financial institution falls below a supervisor-determined level.

Throsby turns back the clock at Barclays

Throsby turns back the clock at Barclays

Barclays has reversed course on the regional structure it put in place last year, with new investment bank head Tim Throsby putting a global stamp on the business and also paving the way to complete its previous expansion effort.

Nomura: Europe’s quick re-think turns crisis into an opportunity

Nomura: Europe’s quick re-think turns crisis into an opportunity

Imagine that you run investment banking in Europe for a sizeable foreign firm whose name still enjoys a little cachet from its heyday 20 years ago when it figured high in the debt and equity arranger league tables and which sought to invest in Europe and rebuild scale after the global financial crisis.

Sideways: The chairman emails, part II

Sideways: The chairman emails, part II

Following news that Barclays chief executive Jes Staley and Bank of England governor Mark Carney were fooled by spoof emails purporting to come from their chairmen, Euromoney’s Jon Macaskill has uncovered more misleading messages from the top.

Fintech: The second wave of challenger banks

Fintech: The second wave of challenger banks

The UK has been one of the world’s key testing grounds for new financial technology thanks to London’s status as global financial centre and the UK authorities’ support for new competition to the incumbent banks they had to rescue in the crisis, but the big four banks’ central role as clearing banks has kept truly disruptive innovation away from the profitable core of retail banking, until now.

Banking: The UK versus Europe

Banking: The UK versus Europe

Continental European banks have long looked with envy over the English Channel – more than ever since the eurozone crisis – but with UK banks facing Brexit and a more advanced economic cycle, and as a degree of inflationary confidence returns to the eurozone, could the tables be turning?

Africa: Afreximbank pushes at history’s wheel

Africa: Afreximbank pushes at history’s wheel

As international banks continue to pull out of Africa, Afreximbank president, Benedict Oramah explains why African institutions need to be the main source of support for the continent in times of crisis.

Africa: Ghana’s power failure

Africa: Ghana’s power failure

The country’s last administration borrowed heavily from banks to sustain inefficient state-owned energy companies at the expense of the private sector – can the newly elected government repay the debt and get banks lending again?

Latin America: Four is company at Grupo Aval

Latin America: Four is company at Grupo Aval

Aval may be the leading banking group in Colombia and central America because of its sprawling structure, but could there be efficiencies available from rationalizing its operating model?

Asia banking: Inside Ant Financial’s nest

Asia banking: Inside Ant Financial’s nest

Alibaba, Alipay, Ant Financial – by now everyone in banking knows the triumvirate of brands that have transformed financial services in China, and the domestic story is only the start.

Iran sanctions: special focus

Iran sanctions: special focus

Euromoney investigates how the relaxation of western sanctions on Iran – dubbed the world’s most lucrative closed economy – will jump-start trade and capital flows from Europe to the Gulf, and plots a vision for the country's banking system and economic transformation, more generally.

Volcker rule: special focus

Volcker rule: special focus

Probably the single most controversial post-crisis piece of financial regulation, the Volcker rule has been blamed with hampering liquidity and has been criticized as virtually unenforceable.

Barclays Libor affair: a reminder of what they said

Barclays Libor affair: a reminder of what they said

The BBC is broadcasting on Monday an episode of Panorama that will present new material relating to the Barclays Libor affair: here is a guide to some of the related evidence from the UK Treasury Select Committee inquiry in 2012.

SME lending: Small is beautiful for banks and non-banks

SME lending: Small is beautiful for banks and non-banks

Lending to small firms in Europe has traditionally been the preserve of the banks; they have the networks and relationships to originate deals for these types of clients, but non-banks now have this business firmly in their sights.

Fintech disruptors turn into incumbents

Fintech disruptors turn into incumbents

The trend for fintech upstarts to collaborate with the big banks they once sought to challenge is now so well established that the boundaries of their business models are no longer clear.

Fintech: NCino offers to overhaul European banks

Fintech: NCino offers to overhaul European banks

The provider of cloud-based wholesale bank operating systems has grown fast in the US, starting with SME lending for community banks and growing to a key partner of the country’s biggest commercial lenders.

Throsby turns back the clock at Barclays

Throsby turns back the clock at Barclays

Barclays has reversed course on the regional structure it put in place last year, with new investment bank head Tim Throsby putting a global stamp on the business and also paving the way to complete its previous expansion effort.

Nomura: Europe’s quick re-think turns crisis into an opportunity

Nomura: Europe’s quick re-think turns crisis into an opportunity

Imagine that you run investment banking in Europe for a sizeable foreign firm whose name still enjoys a little cachet from its heyday 20 years ago when it figured high in the debt and equity arranger league tables and which sought to invest in Europe and rebuild scale after the global financial crisis.