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The other Merrill: how Datasite’s virtual world is taking over

The other Merrill: how Datasite’s virtual world is taking over

April 01, 2020
By MARK BAKER

With offices deserted across the world as coronavirus takes its toll on traditional processes, the recent transformation of a 50-year-old financial printing firm into a leading virtual dataroom and online M&A software service company may have made it more relevant than ever

Can banks withstand the impact of Covid-19?

Can banks withstand the impact of Covid-19?

March 27, 2020
By PETER LEE

Banks came into the coronavirus pandemic much stronger than they went into the global financial crisis, but will the capital and liquidity buffers they have built be sufficient to see them through the most dramatic economic crash in history?

RMBS and coronavirus: Holidays from hell

RMBS and coronavirus: Holidays from hell

March 26, 2020
By LOUISE BOWMAN

Most European residential mortgage-backed securities deals can absorb the hit from payment moratoria for now, but junior notes are at risk if the crisis persists.

The coronavirus crash: will

The coronavirus crash: will 'whatever it takes' work?

March 20, 2020
By MARK BAKER

A blizzard of monetary and fiscal policy announcements finally began to calm market nerves this week; but bankers and analysts are struggling to figure out what more might be needed – and just what kind of crisis this is.

Risk experts contemplate another financial crisis

Risk experts contemplate another financial crisis

March 20, 2020
By JEREMY WELTMAN

As coronavirus puts Europe in lockdown, with no indication of how long it might last, contributors to Euromoney’s risk survey are scrambling to re-jig their assessments and make sense of all the fear, panic and uncertainty.

Markets: Coronavirus boosts contrarians

Markets: Coronavirus boosts contrarians

March 02, 2020
By JON MACASKILL

Recent years have been challenging for market doomsayers, with big equity markets steadily rising and volatility dampened across asset classes.

Saving the world, one bond at a time

Saving the world, one bond at a time

July 12, 2017
By MARK BAKER

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

regional coverage

Community banks a model for resilient banking

Community banks a model for resilient banking

March 24, 2020
By HELEN AVERY

The world’s community banks, credit unions and CDFIs have been taking concrete action to help their clients, communities and employees respond to the coronavirus Covid-19 crisis.

Coronavirus returns to bite China again

Coronavirus returns to bite China again

March 20, 2020
By ELLIOT WILSON

While the West is consumed by its own mounting panic, it is easy to forget that China, where coronavirus began, is still in all sorts of trouble: growth rates are tumbling and stimulus is a certainty.

The Gulf steps up its response to Covid-19

The Gulf steps up its response to Covid-19

March 17, 2020
By VIRGINIA FURNESS

Gulf central banks have unveiled big stimulus packages but commercial banks need to transmit this to the real economy – difficult to do when appetite for credit is so low.

Mexico resists triple whammy of risks

Mexico resists triple whammy of risks

March 05, 2020
By JEREMY WELTMAN

Analysts still see a sanctuary through the mist, despite Mexico experiencing little growth, confronting a debt overhang at Pemex and bracing for a supply shock as the coronavirus disease spreads.

Coronavirus is cost and opportunity for Asia’s banks

Coronavirus is cost and opportunity for Asia’s banks

March 02, 2020
By ELLIOT WILSON

Across Asia, banks are extending loan facilities and donating facemasks in an effort both to help corporate clients and to burnish their corporate and social credentials in the face of Covid-19.

China’s state banks close branches as coronavirus spreads

China’s state banks close branches as coronavirus spreads

February 14, 2020
By ELLIOT WILSON

As the death toll rises, China’s big state lenders are being forced to shutter branches and Beijing has reacted by disbursing loans to afflicted companies – but the sector is also hit by slowing credit growth and a sharp rise in NPLs.