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  • Market bets on Boris breaking Brexit promise

    Market bets on Boris breaking Brexit promise

    With a Conservative majority in Parliament meaning the UK will almost certainly leave the EU in January, attention turns to the transition period —market participants expect prime minister Boris Johnson to break his pledge not to extend it. Meanwhile, the UK’s financial sector now knows it will become less aligned to the EU, and bankers on contingent contracts could be about to move across the Channel.

  • Green QE or divestment? Market eyes ECB’s plans

    Green QE or divestment? Market eyes ECB’s plans

    Debt market specialists this week put forward contrasting views on the policies the European Central Bank might use to tackle climate change, after Christine Lagarde, its new president, said her strategic review of its mandate and operations would encompass how the bank should respond to it. She also promised action on stablecoins. Burhan Khadbai and Lewis McLellan report.

  • Third student loan sale stalled as UK waits for election clouds to clear

    Third student loan sale stalled as UK waits for election clouds to clear

    A third instalment of the UK Department for Education’s current programme of student loan securitizations has stalled, a casualty of a tight general election and volatile politics. Concerns about whether securitization gives government good value for money are a potential obstacle, while investors will have to weigh up an instrument highly geared to the fate of the UK economy. Owen Sanderson and Tom Brown report.

  • Indian NBFCs to look offshore in 2020

    Indian NBFCs to look offshore in 2020

    Indian non-banking financial companies will be forced to wean off from their reliance on the rupee bond market and tap international investors next year amid a liquidity crunch onshore. But with buyers becoming increasingly selective on the kinds of NBFCs they will buy, borrowers should be prepared to pay up.

  • The Taxonomy compromise: slower but fuller

    The Taxonomy compromise: slower but fuller

    The compromises made last week to reach political agreement on the European Union’s Taxonomy of Sustainable Economic Activities were beginning to become clearer, before the surprise rejection of the deal by France and some east European countries on Wednesday threw the issue up in the air again.

  • Market readies for era of loose spending

    Market readies for era of loose spending

    A major push towards fiscal easing in Europe, which could be a key driver of capital markets in 2020, looks more likely after the junior partner in Germany's governing coalition elected leaders who are calling for more public investment. Government debt in some other EU countries is already at record levels while demographic changes could push it higher.

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