Banking and Covid-19: Crisis leadership

Banking and Covid-19: Crisis leadership

July 15, 2020

This year's Awards for Excellence recognise the pivotal role banks have performed throughout the pandemic to address the impact on clients, both financial and emotional.

Asia

Asia's NDB: The forgotten multilateral shows its face

July 02, 2020
By ELLIOT WILSON

The New Development Bank, born in Shanghai 2015 to help the five ‘Brics' countries, has had a good pandemic, disbursing $4 billion in emergency funding and printing a maiden US dollar bond. Its future plans: more capital, more members and a better credit rating.

Jefferies in Asia: third time lucky?

Jefferies in Asia: third time lucky?

June 30, 2020
By ELLIOT WILSON

The US investment bank is finally enjoying the fruits of a decade of investment in Asia. It has spent big to hire the bankers and analysts it needs to drive deal activity in China, Japan and Australia. Now the hard part starts – making money.

Australia’s Covid recovery gives banks a head start

Australia’s Covid recovery gives banks a head start

June 23, 2020
By CHRIS WRIGHT

Just like the global financial crisis, Australia is emerging from Covid-19 more strongly than the rest of the developed world. Investment banks here have never been busier, raising huge sums of equity from one of the world’s largest asset pools. When borders reopen they will be primed for outbound M&A. But why does almost nobody have a private banking business? In the first of a two-part series on Australian investment banking, we look at the work that came out of a global pandemic.

Money and the moonshot

Money and the moonshot

June 10, 2020
By CHRIS WRIGHT

A new Euromoney podcast series traces the relationship between space and the private sector, from the early Cold War state-funded model of Apollo to one in which venture capital backs the most interesting and visionary ideas.

China: End of the Belt and Road?

China: End of the Belt and Road?

June 04, 2020
By ELLIOT WILSON

Mainland Chinese firms invested $72.2 billion in Africa between 2014 and 2018, much of it through the Belt and Road Initiative. Now that Covid-19 has struck, there is a growing sense of unease in Beijing over calls to write off debt to stressed African states.

Home offices get a tech upgrade

Home offices get a tech upgrade

May 26, 2020
By PETER LEE

Amid the wild price swings and surging volumes in bond and equity markets that characterized the first phase of the pandemic, traders just about coped while working from home. Even as some return to the office, technology must cope with the new ways of working.

Wealth managers keep calm and carry on

Wealth managers keep calm and carry on

May 26, 2020
By HELEN AVERY

For wealthy clients, the Covid-19 crisis has afforded an opportunity to test the asset-allocation advice and lending capabilities of their wealth managers

Private equity bets on post-Covid survivors with hybrid capital

Private equity bets on post-Covid survivors with hybrid capital

May 22, 2020
By PETER LEE

Companies never want to sell equity at rock bottom prices, but bank lenders will often only relax covenants and hold off seizing assets if new capital comes in below them. Enter private equity managers with dry powder, snapping up big preferred stock deals to help cash-strapped issuers bolster their capital structures.

Coming soon to your e-wallet: central bank digital currency

Coming soon to your e-wallet: central bank digital currency

May 21, 2020
By PETER LEE

Fears that the Covid-19 virus might live on banknotes and coins has focused public attention on once esoteric experiments with central bank digital currency. The virus has also exposed the slow pace of emergency government support payments through the conventional banking system, so what once sounded futuristic may be coming soon. CBDC just got real.

Loans: Crunch time for credit

Loans: Crunch time for credit

May 20, 2020
By LOUISE BOWMAN

Central bank intervention has delayed the deluge of insolvency that Covid-19 lockdowns will cause, but it can only plug the dike for so long. Lenders face the grim prospect of deciding who to save and who to let go.

Chinese bonds: buyer beware

Chinese bonds: buyer beware

May 19, 2020
By ELLIOT WILSON

Foreign capital is flooding into Chinese bonds, but investors would be wise to scrutinize the myriad ways by which issuers can wriggle out of meeting their obligations. China’s bond markets are vibrant and attractive, but – all too often – unruly.

Can Europe’s neobanks survive the funding shake out?

Can Europe’s neobanks survive the funding shake out?

May 14, 2020
By DOMINIC O’NEILL

A shift away from cash due to the Covid-19 lockdowns should be a godsend for firms such as Revolut, N26, Monzo and Starling. But venture capital funds were already getting fed up with neobanks’ growth-first strategies before the coronavirus caused a slump in core payments revenues. Those with weaker equity backing may struggle to survive.

fROM THE ARCHIVE

Strobl lights up Raiffeisen’s recovery

Strobl lights up Raiffeisen’s recovery

March 05, 2018
By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Three years ago, Raiffeisen Bank International was on the casualty list – today it is again one of the best-performing banks in Europe.

Fintech: Up bit creek

Fintech: Up bit creek

February 05, 2018
By CHRIS WRIGHT

A bitcoin conference on a Thai beach, part of a cryptocurrency cruise, is quite a thing.

The Euromoney 25

The Euromoney 25

December 20, 2017

Euromoney assesses the performance of 25 banks from around the world in a new series of progress reports

ESG: the stewardship revolution

ESG: the stewardship revolution

November 30, 2017
By HELEN AVERY

The 2017 US proxy voting season was historic: the world’s two largest asset managers backed shareholder resolutions on climate-risk disclosure.

Can finance save the world’s vulnerable nations?

Can finance save the world’s vulnerable nations?

September 15, 2017
By CHRIS WRIGHT

There are so many challenges related to climate change, so many disparate actors required for their remedy and so much money required to do it, that it is tempting to see the whole situation as unfixable.

Making sense of Belt and Road – What it means for banks

Making sense of Belt and Road – What it means for banks

September 26, 2017
By CHRIS WRIGHT

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is so vast and ambitious it can be difficult to understand how it will all work in practice – what makes a BRI undertaking, how will they be funded, will they be trophy projects or on commercial terms, how are they originated? – so Euromoney spoke to 16 institutions all looking at BRI from their own different perspectives.

Barclays: Can Jes do it?

Barclays: Can Jes do it?

June 02, 2016
By MARK BAKER

Six months ago, Jes Staley took on a job that many of his peers said they did not envy.

Fintech 2016: The fintech revolution gathers momentum

Fintech 2016: The fintech revolution gathers momentum

May 05, 2016
By PETER LEE

After a record year for fund raising, large fintech companies are now emerging in marketplace lending and payments, with many more newcomers deploying venture capital money raised in $25 million to $50 million chunks to transform capital markets and traditional banking mainstays such as mortgage lending.

BNP Paribas breaks cover as Europe’s best bet

BNP Paribas breaks cover as Europe’s best bet

March 02, 2016
By MARK BAKER

BNPP’s latest strategic update for its corporate and institutional bank might have fallen short of the expectations of a market now used to the wild lurches of rival European firms, but to dismiss this as mere tinkering would be a mistake.

Banking: Portugal’s bail-in bombshell

Banking: Portugal’s bail-in bombshell

January 20, 2016
By LOUISE BOWMAN

Portugal’s central bank had very few options when it decided to bail-in senior bondholders of Novo Banco at the end of last year.

Barclays' identity crisis

Barclays' identity crisis

June 04, 2015
By PETER LEE

One year on from its big restructuring announcement, Barclays is still struggling to convince that it has found the right model.

Revealed: The truth about Barclays and the Abu Dhabi investment

Revealed: The truth about Barclays and the Abu Dhabi investment

May 29, 2013
By CLIVE HORWOOD and ERIC ELLIS

Amanda Staveley earned an astonishing £30 million fee for her role in helping to secure Abu Dhabi’s £3.5 billion investment in Barclays in 2008, a deal on which Sheikh Mansour made a profit of more than £3 billion.

The week Wall Street went into meltdown

The week Wall Street went into meltdown

September 23, 2007
By PETER LEE

In the week of August 13 participants in the financial markets – credit traders, equity investors, heads of repo desks, hedge fund managers, risk controllers, originators and capital markets bankers, credit strategists, treasurers, chief financial officers – began to lose faith in the financial system itself.

Have Wall Street banks gone subprime at the wrong time?

Have Wall Street banks gone subprime at the wrong time?

November 27, 2006
By ALEX CHAMBERS

Wall Street is praying that the US economy will land softly now that the Federal Reserve has pricked the housing market bubble, because it will be bad news for mortgage origination if house prices stall for long or, even worse, fall.

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