PensionsFirst adds to growing client list with Willis the latest to adopt PFaroe

Willis pension scheme has become the latest name to sign up to PensionsFirst’s risk management platform, PFaroe, in order to manage risks in its £1.3bn scheme. Ultimately, the company aims to use PFaroe to implement an effective trigger-based de-risking strategy, which will allow it to capitalise on favourable market opportunities far more quickly than ever …

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PensionsFirst Capital assesses longevity swap options for pension schemes

Banks and insurers have led the way in originating and structuring the vast majority of longevity swap transactions to date, yet pension schemes are increasingly showing interest in hedging their longevity risk directly with the re-insurance market. In the latest issue of Investment & Pensions Europe, PensionsFirst Capital CEO Hugo James outlines that deciding on …

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Falcon Group’s profits double as liquidity crisis creates opportunities for alternative financiers

Kamel Alzarka, Chairman, Falcon Group, explains to Metal Bulletin how new business opportunities created in Europe during the withdrawal of traditional bank lenders from the trade finance sector helped alternative financier Falcon Group double its profits in 2012. To read the full article, please click here

BNY Mellon: Lifting the lid on trapped cash

Trapped cash – prevented from moving across borders due to regulatory, tax or business process constraints – is hardly a new problem. But as burgeoning intra-emerging market (or ‘south-south’) trade means corporates are increasingly conducting business with unfamiliar markets, concerns are once more being raised. In this article for gtnews BNY Mellon’s Daniel Verbruggen, Managing …

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Deutsche Bank: SEPA is fast approaching

The deadline for migration to the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is looming, yet take up rates remain worrying low – particularly for the SEPA Direct Debit scheme. In this interview with Eurotreasurer, Deutsche Bank’s Dieter Stynen, Head of Cash Management Corporates for Western Europe, discusses the worst case scenarios for companies that fail to …

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Deutsche Bank’s payments expertise in Banking Technology and Treasury Management International

As “smart” devices revolutionise the world of commerce, new “smart” payment solutions are entering the market and transforming the way enterprises and customers interact. In commentaries written for Banking Technology and Treasury Management International, Deutsche Bank’s Ron van Wezel – global head of emerging payment streams, global transaction banking – discusses the developments taking place …

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Natixis considers BoE monetary policy in Investment Week

What is the most effective boost for the UK economy? This is the question Rene Defossez, fixed-income strategist at Natixis, posed in a recent column for Investment Week. In the article, he explores the effectiveness of the Bank of England’s current monetary policy, exploring the notion that by ‘unravelling’ inflation targeting in favour of stimulating …

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Falcon’s Kamel Alzarka discusses the “new normal” of trade finance with The Banker

As Basel III regulations come into play, banks looking for a quick fix to bulky balance sheets are divesting their trade finance assets, creating a gap in the market that investor groups and other alternative financiers are keen to fill. Quoted in this month’s The Banker magazine, Falcon Group Chairman Kamel Alzarka stresses that alternative …

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US vs eurozone: Natixis’s Artus compares policies in Funds Europe

In a guest commentary for Funds Europe, Patrick Artus, chief global economist at Natixis, compares the economic policies of the US and the eurozone to see why America is now in a more favourable economic position. In particular, he argues that it is the absence of federalism and the segmentation of capital markets in the …

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Triumph for Australia at Moorgate Comic Relief Table Football Tournament

In the inaugural Moorgate Comic Relief Table Football Tournament, the trophy was carried home by the competition’s surprise package – Southern-hemisphere battlers Paige Long and Samantha Smith. The Aussie outsiders triumphed over the self-proclaimed pre-tournament favorites, Thomas Pankovas and Alex Welsby, in the final – avenging their defeat in the group stages. In the end …

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