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  • Citi sets up unit to advise governments on digitalisation

    Naveed Sultan will develop and lead a new digital policy, strategy and advisory practice for governments, corporates and financial institutions at Citi, and has been appointed chairman in the bank's institutional clients group (ICG).

    • 30 Oct 2020
  • ECB relieves onlookers with promise of more stimulus

    European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde was firm enough in her promises of monetary policy support to avoid disappointing investors at a press conference on Thursday.

    • 29 Oct 2020
  • Agora snags Estlin as adviser

    Peter Estlin, a former lord mayor of the City of London and group financial controller at Barclays, has joined Digital Debt Capital Markets, the company behind the Agora software, the start-up founded by fellow Barclays alumnus and bond market veteran, Charlie Berman.

    • 29 Oct 2020
  • Guest view: The ECB can axe Alberta bonds’ repo eligibility

    GlobalCapital has argued that it is not the ECB’s job to exclude individual borrowers’ bonds from its list of repo-eligible securities on environmental grounds, in response to our call for the Province of Alberta’s debt to be removed from its list of eligible marketable assets (EMA). We maintain that the ECB has plenty of justification to exclude this borrower.

    • 28 Oct 2020
  • ECB can't pick and choose, even for the environment

    An ESG think tank believes that the European Central Bank should drop Alberta’s euro bonds from its list of eligible marketable assets, as a punishment for its support for polluting industries. But while it is a laudable aim, it is not practicable.

    • 27 Oct 2020
  • Tax rethink will completely change Swiss bond 'side dish', says departing veteran Ronald Hinterkircher

    Ronald Hinterkircher, who is retiring from the Swiss franc bond market after a 40 year career, has told GlobalCapital that digitalisation and the possible removal of the withholding tax for foreign investors could change the market over the next few years. But with the European Central Bank propping up the euro bond market, arbitrage opportunities for international companies in Swiss francs are vanishingly slim.

    • 26 Oct 2020
  • ESM’s pandemic credit lines ‘will be used’ says CFO

    The European Stability Mechanism’s Pandemic Crisis Support credit lines will eventually be drawn on by euro area member states, according to the institution’s chief financial officer, Kalin Anev Janse.

    • 22 Oct 2020
  • EU's green bond issuance risks 'falling short'

    The EU's plan to issue large volumes of green bonds as part of its recovery plan will shape that market, but it also risks undermining it due to a discrepancy as to what what counts as green, according to two experts.

    • 19 Oct 2020
  • Nearwater sets up third US Treasury conduit with Barclays

    Nearwater Liquid Markets has set up a third ABCP conduit which will buy only US Treasuries, repoing them with Barclays, in a move that would help the UK-based bank manage its access to high quality collateral. The new vehicle joins existing structures Nearwater has set up with BNP Paribas and with JP Morgan.

    • 14 Oct 2020
  • People news in brief

    ESM's Ruhl seconded to European Commission — Hinterkircher to retire — JP Morgan offers front office investment banking apprenticeships

    • 08 Oct 2020
  • Market participants back Green+ Gilt proposal for sustainable Covid-19 recovery

    A group of some of the UK's biggest asset managers, professional bodies and banks are supporting a proposal for an SRI-themed UK sovereign debt product to deliver environmental and social benefits as part of the country’s recovery from the pandemic.

    • 08 Oct 2020
  • ESM’s head of funding to join Commission on secondment

    Siegfried Ruhl, the head of funding and investor relations at the European Stability Mechanism, will be seconded to the European Commission later this month as it gears up for its vast borrowing programme.

    • 08 Oct 2020
  • ESMA supports supervision of green bond raters

    Steven Maijoor, chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has said EU legislation covering green bond reviewers would help ensure the legitimacy of the proposed Green Bond Standard.

    • 05 Oct 2020
  • Meet the Platform: EU green finance watchdog

    The European Union’s formation of its Platform on Sustainable Finance last week marks a new phase in responsible investing. Over the past four years or so, the most influential thinkers in the market, such as the Principles for Responsible Investing, have been quietly moving back to an older interpretation of what RI means: considering the effects of investment choices on others.

    • 05 Oct 2020
  • ‘EDDI is dead’: market forum opens talks on a different form of harmonisation

    The proposed European Distribution of Debt Instruments (EDDI) project as a one-stop synchronised front to back office platform for the eurozone bond markets is unlikely to come to fruition, with the focus now centred on a far different proposition, according to senior members of a market forum spearheading the talks.

    • 01 Oct 2020
  • Tannenbaum to run EMEA cap markets at BofA

    Bank of America has promoted Jeff Tannenbaum, its head of debt capital markets and leveraged finance EMEA, to head of global capital markets for the region.

    • 01 Oct 2020