The aborted merger of two Gulf banks is a blow to regional consolidation, but it is only delaying the inevitable, as financial markets open up to foreign competition reports Nigel Dudley
Malaysia seems to have recovered better from the Asian crisis than some other countries in the region, not least because of the currency control policies that were introduced.
Proposals from Basel to reform the bank capital adequacy framework have triggered a wide-reaching debate on the nature of bank capital, liquidity and valuation.
The nature of bond trading is changing, with more emphasis on good credit advice and the need to provide liquidity for clients.
Deutsche Bank has the biggest market share in Europe, and nearly took Dresdner Bank’s slice too.
Professional headhunters might have avoided the farce surrounding the appointment of the IMF’s new managing director.
Insurer Allianz has a headache in the wake of the scrapped merger between Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank.
Most financial institutions see the internet as the future for distribution and trading of financial products, mostly for retail.
Economies in the Middle East are in good shape for forthcoming bond issues, though some sovereign issuers have been deterred by the spread on Qatar's 1999 Eurobond.
Once branded the internet dullard, Merrill Lynch is on the offensive.
Hotels and airlines are gearing up for a bumper year of business travel.