Category: Economic Research

ICC Trade Register Report 2014 empirically proves trade finance is low risk

The findings of the ICC Trade Register Report 2014, launched by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission, empirically proves that, in all forms, trade and export finance is a low risk bank financing technique. Working closely with the ICC Banking Commission, Moorgate has gained widespread coverage in publications, including the Wall Street Journal, FX …

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Natixis chief economist dissects investor behaviour in IFR

When considering a particular asset, investors need to weigh up risk versus reward. Yet in the case of emerging markets and peripheral eurozone countries, investors seem to openly disregard structural economic problems in favour of achieving a more diversified portfolio. Patrick Artus, chief economist at Natixis, explores this notion of wilful ignorance – and the …

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Natixis considers Mario Draghi’s monetary policy in Central Banking

In a commentary for Central Banking, Natixis’ chief economist Patrick Artus examines the effectiveness of the ECB’s communication strategy – drawing a distinction between communication aimed at restoring investor confidence (such as bond purchases and forward guidance) and that which is aimed at either pushing up inflation or combating euro appreciation (including the consideration of …

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PensionsFirst explain why technology is key for tackling pension risk

Following a report by Clear Path Analysis suggesting that nearly 30% of US closed defined benefit pension plans, private open plans and small plans are considering transferring risk to a third party insurer in 2014, PensionsFirst takes a look at the role of technology in tackling pension risk. Interestingly, the report also notes increasing US …

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Natixis explores the eurozone’s potential ‘liquidity cliff’ in International Finance

The end of the ECB’s repayment programmes may signal concern for those eurozone banks disproportionately dependent on central bank funding – particularly in Spain and Portugal. In an article for International Finance, Marie-Pierre Ripert – economist at Natixis – explores what options are available to combat the risk of a “liquidity cliff”, and explains why …

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‘France and Germany: Europe’s monetary odd couple’ – Natixis writes in Institutional Investor

It’s difficult to reach a consensus for the policies needed in the eurozone when two of the region’s largest economic powers pursue starkly diverse strategies. Writing for Institutional Investor’s ‘Unconventional Wisdom’ column, Patrick Artus, chief economist at Natixis, evaluates the incompatible policies of Germany and France – illustrating yet another complexity of a currency area …

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Commodities analysts at Natixis evaluate oil prices for 2014

In an article for Oil and Gas Financial Journal, Natixis commodities analysts Abhishek Deshpande and Nic Brown analyse the outlook for fiscal break-even oil prices in major oil-producing countries – including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and the UAE. The commentary was also distributed to subscribers in the publication’s monthly newsletter ‘Global Shale Monitor’. To read …

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Natixis’ Asia-Pacific economist featured in Shares magazine

Against a backdrop of low real interest rates in Japan and rising rates in the US, the depreciation of the Japanese yen looks set to continue through 2014. Yet, there could be big consequences on the global financial markets should Japan’s domestic investors begin to sell their holdings of government bonds in bulk. Writing in …

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