Sustainability is just good bees-ness

Sustainability is just good bees-ness

One perk of interviewing banks about sustainable finance has to be the building tours taking in recycled carpets and in-building power plants, but it is not often that you get treated to a rooftop tour of bee hives.

Gender equality: Divertingly dismal diversity

Gender equality: Divertingly dismal diversity

The pitches for the Euromoney Awards for Excellence always provide a revealing window into the inner workings of banks and part of the fun of it all is to separate the grand statements from the reality.

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Xiaomi shows the [REDACTED] of [REDACTED]

The forthcoming IPO of Xiaomi Corporation – China’s Apple, if you must – is the talk of Hong Kong because it is the first dual-class listing to be allowed on the city’s exchange, but it also serves as a reminder of the inherent ludicrousness of the draft prospectus.

IT hits the fan at TSB

IT hits the fan at TSB

When TSB chief executive Paul Pester finally released a statement on the debacle of the bank’s migration to a new platform over the weekend of April 21, he declared that “the engine room of the bank is working as it should”, though its internet banking and mobile app “isn’t functioning as well as it should be”.

Bottles on board

Bottles on board

Delegates to the IDB conference in Mendoza were lucky enough to receive bottles of fine Argentine Malbec from various sponsors – and another from the IDB itself in the welcome pack at registration.

Poetic justice by email

Poetic justice by email

Has there ever been a finer movie speech than Jack Nicholson’s “You can’t handle the truth!” tirade in A Few Good Men?

Cri de coeur

Cri de coeur

In March, Euromoney decided to take a detailed look at the environment for the M&A, financing and markets businesses at the big banks.

Startups get hyper… thermia

Startups get hyper… thermia

Forget your bikini-clad full moon party bitcoin events, because it doesn’t get any cooler than the annual Polar Bear Pitching in Oulu, Finland.

Five tables of tossers

Five tables of tossers

February marked the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog – it is a moment when it is common for analysts to take a light-hearted look at what Chinese astrology might mean for the markets in the year ahead.

Russia banking: The Yugra illusions

Russia banking: The Yugra illusions

On a recent visit to the Russian central bank on a wintry day, Euromoney’s eye was caught by a chap holding a large and surprisingly professionally produced billboard.

EM fund management: So long, Mark Mobius

EM fund management: So long, Mark Mobius

Mark Mobius, the white-suited, shaven-headed, Bond villain-named investor who is surely the most famous emerging-markets funds manager alive, is retiring after 30 years of travelling the world on behalf of Franklin Templeton Investments.

Asset allocation: Conviction confliction

Asset allocation: Conviction confliction

As we drift towards the end of the year, conferences seem to be full of panels on asset allocation for the 12 months ahead: sometimes a bold investor will go so far as to say what they invest in themselves; sometimes that’s a surprise.