Category: Economic Research

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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Trump, energy and the environment – S&P Global Ratings releases the December issue of IFR Outlook

S&P has released the December edition of IFR Outlook, the newsletter of key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news. In the front-page feature, Michael Wilkins, head of environmental and climate risk research, assesses global trends in climate finance. Looking back at the year since the Paris Agreement, he explains that continued development of the …

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What’s happened to FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa? Commerzbank’s Christian Toben explains in Banker Africa magazine

In an op-ed for Banker Africa magazine, Christian Toben, regional head of Africa at Commerzbank, sets out the challenges facing foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the continent, and looks for ways to bring them back up to scratch. FDI has been vital to the growth of Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies. Inflows were promising over the last …

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Commerzbank’s Christian Toben sees demographic dividends on the Sub-Saharan African horizon in Jeune Afrique

The UN hopes for “full and productive employment by 2030”. Writing for leading African political and economic magazine Jeune Afrique, Christian Toben, Regional Head of Africa at Commerzbank, notes that any chance of hitting this ambitious target will depend on the continent – home to about half of the additional global workforce expected over the …

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Energy markets in the spotlight: S&P Global Ratings releases the latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news – suggests energy markets around the world are under tough scrutiny. In the front page feature, Pierre Georges, director of EMEA utilities, explains that in an environment of weak power prices, Europe’s nuclear fleets face …

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Crown Agents Bank’s Richard Jones and Doug MacLennan talk compliance and commitment in Global Risk Regulator

Legislation designed to clamp down on financial crime is growing worldwide, but compliance with stricter regulation is expensive. In an interview with Global Risk Regulator – the Financial Times publication specialising in financial regulation – Richard Jones, CEO of Crown Agents Bank, and Doug MacLennan, Crown Agents Bank’s director and chief risk officer, offer their …

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Commerzbank scoops the award for “Best Trade Finance Bank in CEE & CIS” in bne Intellinews

bne Intellinews, the magazine focusing on business, economic and political news in emerging markets, has recognised Commerzbank as the “Best Bank for Trade Finance” in both Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In the magazine’s latest issue, Holger Kautzky, Commerzbank’s Head of Financial Institutions, calls the award “a testament …

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Commerzbank’s Christian Toben tests the economic waters in African Business magazine

In a feature for African Business magazine, the regional head of Africa at Commerzbank, Christian Toben, offers his perspective on the challenges facing Sub-Saharan African economies. After a “decade of considerable economic progress” countries across the region have been hit hard by weak commodity prices. Revenues from a host of key resources – from oil, coal and gas to …

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ICC Banking Commission’s 2016 Global Survey reported in Moneyweb

Following the release of ICC Banking Commission’s 2016 Global Survey on Trade Finance, Moneyweb – the tier-one South African publication – has reported on the latest Survey’s findings. The Survey found that SMEs bear the brunt of the global shortage of trade finance, facing 58% of rejections for trade finance proposals. In addition, the rate …

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S&P highlights Brexit’s impact on investor appetite for British infrastructure

The prospect of leaving the EU is spreading uncertainty among investors in the UK’s infrastructure, according to a new report from S&P Global Ratings. In the report, ‘Brexit Is Weakening Investor Appetite For UK Infrastructure Assets. But Not For Long’, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance Michael Wilkins notes that, while Britain has historically attracted more …

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