CGCs: China’s murky credit channels

Ostensibly designed as middlemen to safely channel bank credit to the neglected private sector, credit-guarantee companies have not been content with this fee-earning business.

Diary of a human shield

Euromoney columnist Jon Macaskill imagines how Doug L Braunstein, the former chief financial officer of JPMorgan, chronicled his testimony at last week's Senate hearing.

Contagion fears grow as Cyprus bailout proposal breaks taboos

The proposed raid on insured depositors in Cyprus threatens a wave of unintended consequences for the eurozone's stability in the long-term and throws into sharp relief the political fragmentation at the heart of the EU, say hawkish analysts, bucking the largely sanguine sell-side consensus.

Q&A: Andris Vilks, Latvian finance minister

With Latvia set to join the eurozone in 2014, and Moody's upgrading its bond rating this week, finance minister Andris Vilks is confident of the benefits to the country in joining the single currency – and aware of the efforts needed to convince a sceptical population.

Asset-quality review: special focus

Euromoney investigates the market impact of the ECB’s comprehensive assessment of banks, which consists of three legs: identifying portfolios that need scrutiny; the asset-quality review (AQR); and a stress test to be completed by October 2014.