Natixis considers the caution of central banks in a guest column for IFR

As leading central banks maintain their expansionary monetary policies, Patrick Artus, chief economist at Natixis, explores the reasons behind this strategy. He argues that it is understandable, as premature tightening could lead to a significant rise in long-term interest rates, with consequences too great to risk. To read the full article, please click here

Commerzbank: the effects of the eurozone crisis on Eastern Europe

Eastern European growth has laboured as a result of the eurozone crisis. Yet overall economic growth continues to surpass that of western Europe and trade between Eastern and Western Europe remains strong. In TXF: Trade and Export Finance, Per Fischer, head of financial institutions CEE, Russia, CI, Baltics and Turkey at Commerzbank explains how these …

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BNY Mellon on overcoming barriers to cash optimisation

An unprecedented combination of market and regulatory forces necessitates new approaches to optimising cash. On CFO Insight, BNY Mellon’s Daniel Verbruggen – Head of Relationship Management, Developed Markets EMEA for Treasury Services – explains how a closer-aligned banking community could help corporates (particularly SMEs) find a clear way forward. To read the full article, please …

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BPL Global discusses its 30-year anniversary and the growth of the political risk insurance market in TFR

The political risk insurance (PRI) market has come a long way since Charles Berry founded BPL Global 30 years ago, along with Anthony Palmer and Robert Lyle. Back then the PRI offering was so limited that unfair calling cover was one of its best sellers. At the same time, export credit insurance was exclusively in …

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Natixis’ Sophie Chardon looks closer at hedge fund trends

Three themes dominated hedge fund direction in the third financial quarter of this year: the recurrence of positive economic news out of Europe, the rebound in market volatility due to uncertainty over the Fed’s monetary policy, and the capital outflows from emerging markets. Sophie Chardon, head of quantitative and cross asset analysis at Natixis, explores …

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Deutsche Bank examines intra-Asian trade

Intra-regional trade accounts for over half of Asia’s annual exports and imports, and this trend is likely to continue as domestic demand solidifies in the years ahead. But keeping up with such demand – particularly in light of the complex idiosyncrasies of the Asian market – can be challenging for local banks that may lack …

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PensionsFirst Analytics cited in Financial News

Early last year Punter Southall became the first major UK pensions consultancy to adopt PFaroe, PensionsFirst’s award winning pension liability and risk management software, in the core operations of its actuarial and benefit consulting business. The partnership has proven to be a game changing move, with Punter Southall using PFaroe to demystify the actuarial process …

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S&P Outreach – Middle East Outlook newsletter published

The latest edition of Middle East Outlook, Standard and Poor’s Rating Services’ Middle East newsletter, has been published. It includes all the recent news, updates, and research from S&P on the Middle East region. Highlight’s from this month include an articles on the growth of Gulf Islamic banks compared to peers, the state of play …

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S&P Outreach – IFR Outlook e-book issue published

The latest edition of Infrastructure Finance Outlook (IFR), Standard and Poor’s Rating Services’ EMEA Infrastructure Finance newsletter, has been published. It includes all the recent news, updates, and research from S&P on Europe’s infrastructure sector. Highlights from this month include articles on unlocking long-term infrastructure finance, and a summary of the ratings impact of EDF’s …

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Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas discusses the value of RMB proactivity in The Asian Banker

Since the launch of the cross-border trade settlement scheme in 2009, China’s currency, the renminbi, has become almost unrecognisable. There seems little doubt that it is set to impact global transactions on a major scale, meaning that it is vital that financial institutions (FIs) position themselves, not just for the end result, but to leverage …

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