Middle East: Al Rajhi hits back

In an interview in his office in Riyadh, Suliman Azzabin, chief executive of Al Rajhi Bank, pours scorn on allegations that link his bank to terrorist financing repeated in the US Senate report on HSBC last year.

No time to lose on Sepa compliance

With mandatory Single Euro Payment Area compliance due in February 2014, laggard companies have little time to put their payment and remittances systems in order, especially those dealing with direct debits.

The rise of the activist chairman

Regulators and shareholders are channelling their concerns over banks’ slow progress in shifting to new and sustainable business models to a new cadre of activist chairmen.

CEE sovereign debt: Riding the wave

Sovereign borrowers in central and eastern Europe have been key beneficiaries of the tide of liquidity washing into emerging market bond funds over the past 12 months.

Davos: The great equities comeback

After more than two decades of unusually strong bond returns and more than a decade of sub-par equity returns, the tables have started to turn.

CEE equities: Back in business

A trio of successful listings out of emerging Europe has boosted bankers’ hopes of an equity primary markets renaissance in 2013, with prospects for further supply from Russia, Turkey and beyond.

Davos: We are not perma-bulls

News of the death of the commodity bull market might be exaggerated, according to seven vital signs identified by Ned Davis analysts.