Writing for City AM, Natixis’ Chief Economist, Patrick Artus, explains why Frexit could cause the European Union to unravel

Ahead of the French presidential election in April, there is growing speculation around whether Marine Le Pen’s Front National could lead the country in the UK’s footsteps towards an exit from the European Union. Writing for City A.M., Patrick Artus, Natixis’ Chief Economist, gives his views on why a French exit, or “Frexit” would be …

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S&P’s Michael Ferguson shows that U.S. hydropower remains a promising asset in a feature for AlphaQ

Although hydropower’s future in America’s energy strategy is unclear following the election of President Trump, Michael Ferguson, director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, believes that U.S. hydro assets will remain resilient. In a guest commentary for AlphaQ’s February edition, Ferguson explains that, by leveraging hydropower facilities’ advantages – such as longevity, low variable cost …

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CWEIC Chairman Lord Marland interviewed in The Guardian

Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) Lord Marland has been quoted in a recent article in The Guardian, where he discussed CWEIC’s inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting, UK SME exporters and also gave his thoughts on the future of Britain as a trading nation. Marland was speaking to the paper ahead of …

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Appointment of Crown Agents Bank’s new CEO makes its mark on the specialist trade and financial press

Albert Maasland is taking up the reins at Crown Agents Bank and Crown Agents Investment Management. Having been non-executive director of the group, Maasland also brings experience from JP Morgan, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered and Saxo Bank. FX-MM magazine and Trade & Export Finance covered news of the appointment.

S&P’s Michael Ferguson explains why U.S. hydropower is experiencing a renaissance in an article for FTSE Global Markets

Donald Trump’s election victory has prompted discussion concerning a future overhaul to America’s energy policy. In turn, this has heightened uncertainty for many U.S. infrastructure investors – notably in renewable energy projects, such as hydropower. In an article for FTSE Global Markets, Michael Ferguson, director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, explains why these fears …

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S&P Global Ratings tells specialist press that Basel III may spark capital markets

Although project finance demand continues to increase in the face of rising global infrastructure needs and governments’ promises to boost investment, global project finance lending fell by 17% in 2016. In a new report, S&P Global Ratings explains how long-term project finance has become more expensive for traditional bank lenders due to Basel regulation and …

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S&P explains rising oil prices in Petroleum Review

2016 was especially tough for the world’s major oil producers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Due to a major loss in oil revenues, national deficits are expected to average at about 10% of GDP, and governments have made rigorous efforts to scale back spending. In an article for Petroleum Review, S&P Global Ratings’ Associate …

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Beyond copper: Commerzbank’s Robert von Oldershausen outlines the next steps for the Chilean economy in International Trade Magazine

2016 marked the latest year in a long period of unusual stagnation for the otherwise resilient Chilean economy. In a feature for International Trade Magazine, Robert von Oldershausen, Senior Relationship Manager for FI Latin America at Commerzbank, explains what has held back growth, and suggests the steps the country might take to economic resurgence. In the …

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S&P’s Mike Wilkins tells InfraNews that green infrastructure financing can evolve – despite Trump

The last five years has seen significant growth in climate-related infrastructure financing, but the election of Donald Trump raises new questions to that expansion. In the first of a new series of articles for InfraNews, S&P Global Ratings’ Head of Environmental and Climate Risk Research, Michael Wilkins, explains how, despite obstacles, environmentally-friendly infrastructure investment can …

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Commerzbank identifies cybersecurity weaknesses in Banking Technology

In the latest edition of Banking Technology magazine, Commerzbank’s cybercrime specialists analyse modern threats to digital security in corporate banking – and find that the cause for concern lies not in machines, but in people. The article, ‘Computers or humans: where does the threat lie?’, shows just how secure digitalisation has made the corporate banking landscape. Financial technology now …

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