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  • Deutsche's investment bank makes almost €1bn, again

    Deutsche Bank's fixed income and currency bankers continued a strong run in the third quarter, the firm's results on Wednesday showed. Profit before tax at the investment bank has now been enough to cover losses from the capital release unit for two consecutive quarters.

    • 12.30 PM
  • 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
  • Markets expect EBA guidance will force action on legacy bank capital

    European banks could be set for a wave of calls and tenders on legacy debt instruments, after the European Banking Authority demanded a clean-up this week. Action may not be immediate, however, with markets still seeking clarity on a number of key issues.

    • 23 Oct 2020
  • Science-based targets could help banks wrestling with climate risk

    UK banks and building societies are struggling with difficult aspects of incorporating climate change into their risk management, as demanded by the regulator, a PwC survey has found. The answer to some of their problems could be a non-risk initiative: science-based targets.

    • 22 Oct 2020
  • UK moves early to dispel fears about bank capital buffers

    Markets rejoiced this week after the Bank of England proposed policy changes that will make it harder for UK lenders to run into automatic restrictions on their additional tier one coupons and equity dividends. The move was seen as a way of addressing concern about ‘buffer usability’, which has come to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    • 22 Oct 2020
  • Meissner takes charge of Credit Suisse’s new ‘A-team’

    Christian Meissner has an exciting new position at Credit Suisse. But how far can he improve the Swiss bank’s offering to wealth management clients while also handling its culture, asks David Rothnie.

    • 22 Oct 2020
  • BoE to ease MDA rules for UK banks

    The Bank of England said this week that it would loosen some of the rules around the maximum distributable amount for UK banks after Brexit, making it harder for them to trigger restrictions on their additional tier one (AT1) coupons and equity dividends.

    • 21 Oct 2020
  • EBA looks to halt 'infection risk' on legacy capital

    Much of European rule making in wider society has been about preventing infection spreading to the elderly of late. But the European Banking Authority has instead weighed in on the "infection risk" that stems from grandfathered securities.

    • 21 Oct 2020
  • ECB laments lack of CCy cap before Covid

    The European Central Bank said this week that it thought a stronger role for countercyclical capital buffers would be key in making sure that banks use their available resources to boost lending in times of crisis.

    • 20 Oct 2020
  • UK to ditch MREL MDA after Brexit

    The UK government has said that banks will still be able to make investor distributions if they fall below their minimum requirements for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) after Brexit — in an early of sign of divergence from the EU rulebook.

    • 19 Oct 2020
  • HSBC financed climate laggards weeks before net zero target

    HSBC provided $1.8bn of financing to high carbon companies including Kepco, which is developing new coal plants, in just five deals in the past four months, as it prepared to announce its “net zero ambition” on October 9, an NGO has alleged.

    • 16 Oct 2020
  • Former Italian finance chief Padoan selected as next UniCredit chair

    UniCredit has picked Pier Carlo Padoan as chairman designate.

    • 14 Oct 2020
  • Putting the 'K' in capital markets

    The coronavirus crisis will continue to lead to divergence in economic fortunes, and that will play out in European capital markets as well.

    • 13 Oct 2020
  • Fitch Bohua debuts Chinese domestic rating

    Fitch Rating’s China arm, Fitch (China) Bohua Credit Ratings, assigned its first domestic rating this week, five months after securing a licence in the world’s second largest bond market.

    • 13 Oct 2020
  • ECB's Vansteenkiste engages with green TLTRO idea

    The European Central Bank's Isabel Vansteenkiste welcomed a proposal for green Targeted Longer-Term Refinancing Operations (TLTROs) on Monday, but talked through what she saw as some concerns with the idea.

    • 12 Oct 2020
  • Staley picks top allies for investment bank leadership

    A top-level reshuffle suggests that Barclays chief executive Jes Staley is not going anywhere, but raises fresh questions about whether the bank’s top-five ambitions are achievable, writes David Rothnie.

    • 08 Oct 2020
  • SRB to allow ‘non-linear’ transition to MREL targets

    The Single Resolution Board (SRB) will not force all banks to make a linear progression towards their minimum requirements for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL), in an effort to be more flexible during the Covid-19 pandemic. But financial institutions have still called on the authority this week to do more to prevent MREL from becoming a barrier to lending.

    • 08 Oct 2020
  • Return on equity disappeared in Q2, says ECB

    Euro area banks delivered 0% return on equity in the second quarter, according to new figures from the European Central Bank. The industry is grappling with a decline in income and a sharp surge in loan loss provisions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

    • 07 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
  • FIG ties bind tight as bank M&A returns

    Domestic bank consolidation has returned to the top of the agenda, but for financial institutions bankers, unlocking the most lucrative relationships requires years of coverage and an ability to look beyond the quick fix of M&A, writes David Rothnie.

    • 01 Oct 2020