Standard and Poor's examines the effects of pension reform on insurer demand for infrastructure in Insurance ERM

The Chancellor’s recent pension reforms have raised concerns about a slowdown in annuity-sales and the potential knock on effect on insurers’ demand for infrastructure assets. However, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Ratings, and Oliver Herbert, Insurance Analyst, of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, discuss in Insurance ERM why they believe that – despite the …

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FImetrix confirms Commerzbank as a top performer for EUR transactions for the second year running

Leading market research firm for financial institutions, FImetrix has designated Commerzbank as a ‘Distinguished Provider’ of global transaction services for the second year in a row. The 2014 award recognises Commerzbank as a leading performer for EUR transactions, showing that it has consistently gone above and beyond the market standard in delivering services to its …

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Siemens Financial Services (SFS) features in this month’s Venture Capital Journal Fund Briefs

This month’s Venture Capital Journal Fund Briefs picked up the news of the launch of Siemens Financial Services “Industry of the Future Fund”. The venture capital fund targets early-stage strategic investment in start-up companies that have potentially disruptive technologies and which provide synergies with Siemens Industry business units. Venture Capital Journal’s coverage of the news …

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March in government bonds – Tradeweb’s monthly update for Institutional Money

In its first contribution to what will become a monthly feature for Institutional Money, Tradeweb tapped its proprietary data to put together a review of March activity in global government bonds. To read the full article, please click here (German-language)

Commerzbank’s Head of Africa writes for TXF on harnessing the potential of sub-Saharan Africa

In an opinion piece for Trade and Export Finance this week, Florian Witt gives an overview of the current economic situation in sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on Nigeria and Angola. Witt writes that although there are risks associated with investing in Africa that cannot be ignored, these tend to be grossly overstated and it …

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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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Commerzbank publishes the latest edition of its bi-annual FI newsletter

The April edition of Commerzbank’s FI. News covers: the issue of ‘unbanked’ banks; standardisation trends in trade; the latest product launches in trade finance securitization; and how Commerzbank is helping Russian SMEs seize global growth opportunities. For these and many other interesting FI topics, please click here

Commerzbank appoints Jörg Motel as head of Financial Institutions Asia

Jörg Motel has been appointed Head of Financial Institutions Asia. Motel and his team in Frankfurt, as well as the 13 representative offices located across Asia, will be responsible for business with new and existing financial institution clients in Greater China & ASEAN as well as the Indian subcontinent. Commenting on the move, Motel says: …

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Natixis CIB profiled in Global Capital investment banking column

Writing in this week’s Southpaw column for Global Capital, investment banking columnist David Rothnie puts the spotlight on Natixis’ CIB operations – including its ‘New Frontier’ strategy for 2014-2017, announced last November, whereby the French bank is targeting 10% annual growth in international markets, further to a €1.5 billion acquisition budget. With assistance from Moorgate, …

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BNY Mellon’s James McMorrow is the guest contributor in the latest edition of EuroTreasurer

The Bank of England’s recent decision to open the UK clearing system, CHAPS, to non-domestic banks signifies an important development for the UK payments landscape. In EuroTreasurer, James McMorrow, Senior Product Manager, Treasury Services, BNY Mellon, discusses the implications of the broadened market for treasurers and the potential impacts on the wider payments scene. To …

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