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  • Diversity — bold action needed

    Investment bankers tend have a built-in sense of infectious optimism that helps them to convince issuers to mandate them or investors to buy securities and other financial products, and also gets them through tough times. So it is only natural that, while rightly recognising the terrible human cost of the Covid-19 pandemic, they should be searching for silver linings.

    • 29 Jul 2021
  • Valeo deal must prompt Scope 3 refocus

    It’s time for investors to pressure borrowers to emphasise Scope 3 emissions if they want to make the difference to climate change they claim they do.

    • 29 Jul 2021
  • ECB: a little more communication, a little less action

    Communication is the only real policy tool where the European Central Bank still has wiggle room.

    • 22 Jul 2021
  • Boring credit market bodes well for issuers

    Borrowers should be encouraged by the recent performance in credit, which has held rock steady amid rising uncertainty.

    • 22 Jul 2021
  • LPs: mind the information gap

    Limited partners in private credit take a hands-off approach when investing in direct lending funds. But they need to pay attention.

    • 15 Jul 2021
  • Italy: Europe's champion

    There is good reason for cautious optimism when it comes to non-performing loans, despite the dire predictions made last summer. Italy, which has been dogged by NPL problems for years, is a prime example of how well things appear to be turning out, more than a year after the start of the pandemic.

    • 15 Jul 2021
  • True metamorphosis of finance is now imaginable

    Is finance about to break out of the cocoon in which it has pupated for decades, and become a completely different life form?

    • 08 Jul 2021
  • A stablecoin threatens stability

    For those in the world of grown-up finance, the cryptocurrency world has often been the subject of amused scorn or mild envy. It is very much its own game, and it scarcely seems to inhabit the same world as staid, professional markets like that for commercial paper. But all that is changing and regulators must pay attention.

    • 08 Jul 2021
  • Issuers must seek investor diversity more than ever

    Banks that have access to diverse pockets of demand will be far better equipped to deal with any contraction in central bank liquidity, which could occur if high inflation spooks policy makers and markets.

    • 01 Jul 2021
  • Russian ECM hopes could be another false dawn

    The possible flotation of a Russian hospitals group is being billed as a revival of the country’s IPO market, with more deals to follow. Bankers pointed to the recent US-Russian summit in Switzerland as cause for optimism but investors should remain as sceptical as they appear to be about the rest of the IPO market.

    • 01 Jul 2021