What next for Saudi banks?

Private banking, project finance and mortgages are replacing brokerage and payroll lending as the main drivers of Saudi Arabian banks’ revenue growth.

LBOs: Wait and see

Far from looking to exploit opportunities in the hung LBO pipeline, some say that patience should be the watchword in this market.

The Stanchart rumour

There is a rumour that Temasek would like to combine Standard Chartered with DBS in order to create a true, global, Singapore-headquartered powerhouse.

Temasek: A fund apart?

In a world of increasingly powerful and mistrusted sovereign wealth funds, Temasek, the investment arm of the Singapore state, stands apart in terms of governance, openness and performance, claims Simon Israel, its executive director.

Caja Navarra sells on civic banking

How would you react if your bank sent you a letter telling you exactly how much money they made out of you? If you were a customer of Caja Navarra then the answer would probably be that you would start doing more business with them and tell your friends to do the same.

Temasek: A fund apart?

In a world of increasingly powerful and mistrusted sovereign wealth funds, Temasek, the investment arm of the Singapore state, stands apart in terms of governance, openness and performance, claims Simon Israel, its executive director.

Securitization: The S Word

Securitization went from being the success story of the capital market to the root of all its evils in just a couple of weeks this summer.

Japan’s stock falls

While Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and others enjoy unprecedented levels of activity, and London and New York poach more Asian business, the Tokyo Stock Exchange is struggling to recapture the success of its early 1990s’ heyday.

Investment-grade bonds: Step back in time

The collapse of structured finance issuance has significant implications for the financing of assets such as mortgage loans but has also dramatically changed the nature of the traditional investment-grade bond business in America.

How to succeed in a crisis

The credit market seizure vindicated a few brave hedge fund managers who had spotted the sub-prime crash coming, positioned themselves deftly, and made huge returns from it.

Istanbul at the centre

For more than a decade, it has been a private dream of successive Turkish governments: the vision of Istanbul as a world financial centre comparable in some way to London, Frankfurt or New York.