Standard & Poor’s launches Mid-Market Evaluation

Medium-sized European companies – accounting for around one third of the region’s economy and employment – are likely to struggle to meet their multi-billion financing needs in the next few years, as banks reduce their lending to the sector. To help this, Standard & Poor’s recently launched Europe’s first credit benchmark aimed specifically at helping …

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Natixis Client Garden Party

No, not auditions for next year’s The Apprentice, but three of the Moorgate team arriving at the Natixis Client Garden Party on the roof garden of Cannon Bridge House in the City of London. Left to right: Paige Long, Samantha Smith and Samantha Randall

News of @Tradeweb’s electronic ETF hedging tool launch

Tradeweb recently bolstered its ETF offering with a tool designed to make it easier and faster to source, price and trade the underlying securities necessary to create or redeem shares in fixed income ETFs – a move that promises to increase efficiency and liquidity in the market across Europe. Following news outreach and a round …

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BNY Mellon: Towards Shariah-compliant trade finance

As the Islamic finance sector continues to develop – accompanied by the growing role of  Shariah-compliant structured trade finance products – BNY Mellon’s Philippe Arbadji, Treasury Services’ Vice President for GCC countries and Lebanon, is featured on the homepage of, exploring the synergy between traditional and Islamic trade finance practices, as well as the growing …

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Natixis announces second infra-debt partnership

Further to the news that Natixis signed an agreement with French insurer CNP Assurances – in which the French investment bank will originate and source infrastructure debt for the institutional investor – Moorgate oversaw the distribution of the announcement and ensured it was covered in all of the specialist project finance titles. The news was …

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Natixis’ Artus discusses the eurozone’s low inflation in IFR

As inflation levels across the eurozone adjust to the decline in the region’s activity, Patrick Artus, chief economist at Natixis, explains why low inflation should not be feared. In the article he outlines the positive effects of low inflation – such as improving competitiveness, shoring up real wages, and stimulating demand. These are interesting points …

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Tradeweb's swap execution facility covered in FX Week

Tradeweb aids market compliance with US Dodd-Frank Act by creating swap execution facility – allowing executing brokers pre-trade credit checks. Tradeweb also announces the first electronic pre-trade credit check between a buy-side client and a futures commission merchant (FCM) for an OTC derivatives transaction. Read the full article here

Captives to the rescue – Siemens Financial Services (SFS) in Environmental Finance

The need for investment in the renewable energy sector has never been greater. But such demand is not currently matched by funding supply. Indeed, the public sector is restricted by austerity measures, banks are increasingly constrained when it comes to longer-term lending, and although investors’ appetite for renewables is growing, they remain wary of technology …

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Standard & Poor’s discusses the performance of credit ratings

How should one rate the rating agencies? It’s a question often asked by market participants and commentators. Some seem to think that you can evaluate ratings by looking at their impact on market prices.  If a rating change is not accompanied by a change in bond spreads – or if bond prices diverge markedly from …

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TFR profiles Falcon Group’s UAE Head, Nam Sahasra

UAE Regional Head, Nam Sahasra, describes his background and role as ‘financial engineer’ at Falcon Group to editor Clarissa Dann in this month’s issue of Trade & Forfaiting Review. To read the full article, please click here