Category: Macroeconomics

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’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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S&P Global Ratings goes green with its 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 update news – is out now, and the outlook is green-tinted. This month, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Global Environmental & Climate Risk Research, describes a new product to analyse and …

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BNY Mellon-sponsored Tacitus Debate features in TXF

  Following the 29th annual World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture on “a new international monetary system in a new world order”, a panel of experts – including Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist, BNY Mellon Markets – gathered to discuss the question of whether international monetary policy and global foreign policy should be inextricably linked. The debate …

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Commerzbank’s latest issue of FI.News explores the transformation of the banking landscape ahead of SIBOS 2016

Commerzbank has launched the latest issue of its newsletter, FI.News. The biannual publication offers a range of insights from the bank’s Financial Institutions experts, along with all the latest news, banking awards, people moves, and upcoming events. As the transaction banking world gears up for the 2016 SIBOS conference in Geneva, Dr Bernd Laber, Divisional …

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Natixis’ Raghu Narain champions potential benefits associated with Chinese outbound M&A in IFR

Both the rising volume and diverse, multi-sector nature of China’s overseas acquisitions has concerned Western economies in recent years. Indeed, the market has generalised this class of Chinese buyers, which in turn has hazed any objective assessment of the potential opportunities associated with Chinese M&A deals. Writing for IFR, Raghu Narain, Head of Corporate Advisory, …

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Ruediger Senft outlines Commerzbank’s commitment to sustainable trade in the UN’s flagship corporate sustainability publication

  In an exclusive contribution to the United Nations 2016 Global Compact Yearbook, Ruediger Senft, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Commerzbank, shows how trade can support sustainable development in the world economy. His article, ‘Sustainable Trade and the Role of the Banking Industry’, highlights the key role financial institutions can play in ensuring that the …

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Commerzbank’s new report on Sub-Saharan Africa makes its mark on the specialist press

Commerzbank has released a major new study on trade and economic prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report, ‘Tackling the Headwinds after the Economic Turnaround’, shows that after a promising decade – marked by strong economic growth of around 5% per year, underpinned by booming trade in raw materials and inflows of foreign capital to infrastructure projects – …

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