Revision of Greece's public finance accounts has underlined the need for a big effort to reduce budget deficits.
In 2004 equity deals for smaller companies were much more lucrative for investment banks than large block trades, which were often disasters from a profit point of view.
Burnt in recent equity market sell-offs, high-net-worth investors are clamouring for investment products that will preserve their capital.
Strong demand kept US high-yield new issues flowing fast through the usually quiet end-of-year period.
Credit Suisse Group is to restructure again.
The advantages of sharing specialist industry sector information drawn from private companies, plus a desire to provide complementary asset allocation vehicles to end investors, are drawing private-equity firms and hedge funds into alliances.
A recent German ruling gives international lenders certainty that German courts will uphold English law jurisdiction clauses.
Halfway through the first decade of the new millennium, the five-year track records of world stock markets show the leading indices in Europe and America still way down on their highs before the tech bubble burst.
Hong Kong investors' addiction to the fast buck has often landed them in trouble.
In late December the UK’s Financial Services Authority held a meeting with the Association of British Insurers setting out its position on securitization and reinsurance for life insurers.
Poland's once-beleaguered banks are posting profit growth for 2004 as high as 400% in some cases.