The FIG Idea

  • The FIG Idea: The urge to merge

    Why bank consolidation isn't the slam-dunk it seems to be.

    • 01 Mar 2018
  • The FIG Idea: capital punishment?

    We need to talk about capital. But language makes it difficult.

    • 14 Dec 2017
  • The FIG Idea: Runners and Riders for the Basel Race

    The FIG Idea studies the form for bank capital's most important competition of the year — set to run this October (or perhaps not).

    • 25 Sep 2017
  • The FIG Idea: assume the recovery position

    When Banco Popular lost the market's confidence, it ran out of road. Realistic assumptions for recovery rates on bad assets plunged to super-conservative levels. Confidence is the greatest form of solvency, its withdrawal a precursor to insolvency.

    • 22 Jun 2017
  • Close encounters with a third kind (of capital)

    Soon, banks will have more TLAC and MREL than equity. The new bond classes are a immensely important part of the financial structure of a bank, but the risks to investors aren’t yet clear. Just how will this alien new instrument class behave — or misbehave?

    • 01 Jun 2017
  • The FIG Idea: Dear Santa

    What's on a bank CFO's Christmas list

    • 15 Dec 2016
  • The FIG Idea: stress to impress

    On the surface, stress tests seem arcane and disconnected from reality. Perhaps they are, but they’re an increasingly important tool for bank regulators around the world.

    • 01 Dec 2016
  • The FIG Idea: Five ways equity analysts could do better

    Bank stocks are up 50% from their 2009 lows, but down 30% since a year ago and down 70% from their all-time highs in early 2007. Many equity investors from a decade ago lost their shirt in the banks sector. They can blame macroeconomic shifts for some of this price volatility. But a lot of it is because "the market" doesn't do a great job valuing bank stocks.

    • 29 Jun 2016
  • The FIG Idea: Capital Chaos

    Today’s capital regime for banks is the result of compromise and incrementalism. Hardly a surprise, but the result is unworkable. CFA-qualified, brain-on-a-stick analysts will breeze through a series of 3D Sudoku puzzles, yet struggle to understand the capital situation of a bank.

    • 05 May 2016
  • The FIG Idea: Banging tech? No

    Banks are doing whatever they can to attract some tech company glamour. JP Morgan's CFO Marianne Lake claimed the bank was a tech firm at its investor day on Tuesday. Lloyd Blankfein has made the same claim for Goldman Sachs. Now every self-respecting bulge bracket firm has an in-house incubator — even Commerzbank has a couple. Banks are desperate to inject some Silicon Valley sparkle.

    • 24 Feb 2016

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All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 15 Mar 2018
1 Citi 94,984.75 352 8.11%
2 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 91,388.48 264 7.80%
3 JPMorgan 85,989.76 355 7.34%
4 Barclays 75,861.83 231 6.48%
5 Goldman Sachs 63,392.84 171 5.41%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 15 Mar 2018
1 Deutsche Bank 11,282.84 20 9.25%
2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 10,109.80 20 8.29%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,894.16 18 8.11%
4 Citi 7,208.72 18 5.91%
5 BNP Paribas 6,855.32 27 5.62%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 15 Mar 2018
1 Goldman Sachs 4,258.05 18 13.42%
2 Deutsche Bank 2,404.90 13 7.58%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 1,933.40 11 6.09%
4 Credit Suisse 1,775.47 8 5.59%
5 JPMorgan 1,732.54 10 5.46%