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  • China-US IPOs face disruption – but will emerge stronger

    China-US IPOs face disruption – but will emerge stronger

    The US regulator’s demand for more disclosures from Chinese companies planning New York listings may be a death knell for the flow of IPOs between the two markets — but it could go a long way towards offering investors some much-needed transparency.

  • Regulation will wreck ESG

    Regulation will wreck ESG

    There are growing calls to build all-encompassing regulatory structures around environmental, social and governance ratings and disclosures. This is the wrong course of action and will undermine efforts to achieve the overarching goal, which is fighting climate change.

  • Korea ECM: investors miss the point

    Korea ECM: investors miss the point

    South Korea’s financial regulator has stepped up scrutiny of big IPOs recently, disrupting a few listings and stoking concerns about a pullback in deal flow. Investors have so far been undeterred — but it’s time they start paying attention.

  • The UK risks missing an opportunity on MREL

    The UK risks missing an opportunity on MREL

    The Bank of England looks set to wrap up a review of the minimum requirements for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) without reconsidering its total asset threshold. That would be a mistake.

  • Stan Chart’s apprentices to tear down banking shibboleths

    Stan Chart’s apprentices to tear down banking shibboleths

    Standard Chartered’s mould-breaking front office apprenticeship scheme is to be lauded. The programme stands to supply the City not just with a new breed of banker but, if handled well, could bring that rarest of commodities to high finance — genuine diversity.

  • Equity market hiccup betrays Covid fears

    Equity market hiccup betrays Covid fears

    A sell-off in global equities at the beginning of last week, in response to the Delta-variant-fueled rise in Covid-19 cases, was largely erased in the following days. But the episode offered a glimpse of the disquiet in the market, and a hint as to the likely reaction if the pandemic were to take a course that put the brakes on economic growth.

  • Catastrophe risk: a wake up call for insurers

    Catastrophe risk: a wake up call for insurers

    The recent floods in Europe should be sounding alarm bells for the insurance industry. With events like these on the rise thanks to global warming, insurers facing compounding losses should look to catastrophe bonds as an alternative to costly reinsurance.

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