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  • Banks going green: if you’re going to lead, lead

    Banks going green: if you’re going to lead, lead

    Banks want to position themselves as ahead of the curve on sustainability. They are among the most sophisticated, well resourced, IT-savvy organisations in the world. Why can't they work out the carbon footprints of their portfolios?

  • Office reopening poses serious risks, with or without virus testing

    Office reopening poses serious risks, with or without virus testing

    Without a vaccine for the coronavirus, it is clear that reopening offices is a serious risk for capital markets businesses. What firms need are strict distancing measures, facial masks and hand sanitiser — but also, crucially, access to frequent testing for the virus and the antibody.But that is a path fraught with difficulty.

  • Argentine leaders need IR tips from predecessors

    Argentine leaders need IR tips from predecessors

    Argentina’s turnaround under former president Mauricio Macri turned out to be a castle built on sand. But as the country heads towards default, the slick execution of its bond market fairytale between 2016 and 2018 could show the Fernández government how to handle investors.

  • China Reits are not for all

    China Reits are not for all

    China has taken a long-awaited step towards opening its real estate investment trust (Reit) market, publishing rules for a pilot programme. The regulators are understandably starting small, but the guidelines don’t do enough for companies that need to list Reits the most.

  • What Argentina’s leaders can learn from their predecessors

    What Argentina’s leaders can learn from their predecessors

    The Argentina turnaround story under former president Mauricio Macri turned out to be a castle built on sand. But slick execution of the country’s two year bond market fairytale between 2016 and 2018 can provide the new government with some guidance in dealing with investors now it is staring down the barrel of default.

  • The loan market proved its worth

    The loan market proved its worth

    The coronavirus pandemic, in terms of the financial markets has had its winners as well as its losers. The loan market, after years of decline as borrowers sought better terms in bond markets, has shown its worth in times of trouble by being able to offer liquidity lifelines to companies left in dire need of the stuff when other markets could not provide it.

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