S&P Global Ratings tells the specialist press that EFSI needs more investment – but certain challenges must be addressed

The Investment Plan for Europe (IPE), or the Juncker Plan, was conceived in 2014 by European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker to boost job creation and growth, meet the long-term needs of the economy, increase competitiveness, and help strengthen infrastructure. To bolster the IPE, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) was also launched to …

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UniCredit’s Adeline de Metz in GTR: Supplier onboarding the key to supply chain finance programme success

In light of persistently low interest rates and a need to achieve financial key performance indicator (KPI) targets, Adeline de Metz, Head of Supply Chain Finance Solutions at UniCredit, explains in GTR that larger corporates are increasingly turning to supply chain finance programmes and receivables finance to optimise their working capital and strengthen supply chains. …

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BNY Mellon-hosted roundtable write-up on distributed ledger technology features in Financial IT

Distributed ledger technology and blockchain have dominated recent industry headlines, generating powerful discussion and fuelling innovation across the financial sector. BNY Mellon gathered together a group of experts in Manchester to discuss the practicalities of delivering distributed ledger solutions, the progress being made, and how the emergence of fintech start-ups has triggered not only unprecedented …

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S&P Global Ratings’ dim outlook for America’s new gas-fired generators is covered by Project Finance International

An S&P Global Ratings report into America’s independent power producer (IPP) market concludes that generators are at the mercy of thin margins and waning power demand – which could force energy companies to restructure their operations or even lead to generator closures.   In an article written by Project Finance International, S&P’s senior director, U.S. energy …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees tells Institutional Investor that bundling could incentivise water infrastructure investment

  America has a water crisis – one that not only encompasses flooding but also droughts, poor supply quality and even contamination – and underinvestment is a significant contributing factor. To raise the estimated US$655bn needed over the next 20 years to maintain a safe water supply, states must incentivise private financiers by making water …

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Natixis’ 2017 Q1 outlook on the forex market published in FX-MM

In his weekly column for FX-MM, Nordine Naam, Senior Forex Analyst at Natixis, looks back at the first quarter of 2017 and explains what’s gone wrong for the dollar since Trump’s election win. After a strong appreciation in the last quarter of 2016, the US dollar has gone back on the decline against most currencies …

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Companies’ digital payment expectations are rising fast: Commerzbank’s Ingrid Weisskopf cited in bobsguide

Digitalisation of the payments landscape is increasing at such a pace that some argue a “cashless society” is on the horizon. Ingrid Weisskopf, Head of Cash Products and Advisory FI at Commerzbank, explains to bobsguide – a leading financial technology magazine – that it is companies who are demanding, and therefore stimulating, greater digitalisation efforts from …

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BNY Mellon’s Ross Jones discusses the fast-moving real-time payments environment in FX-MM

Real-time payment initiatives are gaining traction, driven by new technological developments, customer expectations and evolving regulatory requirements. A growing number of countries in regions across the globe have implemented, or are planning to implement, their own systems to facilitate instant domestic transactions. In FX-MM, Ross Jones, Product Line Manager, Global Payments, Treasury Services, BNY Mellon …

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S&P Global Ratings releases 2017’s first quarterly Infrastructure Finance Outlook newsletter

The new edition of IFR Outlook brings together the major commentaries, ratings updates and news in the global infrastructure sector over the first three months of 2017. Making the front page is an in-depth feature on the credit implications of “bundling” of project finance assets. Senior director Trevor D’Olier-Lees argues that aggregating assets can “unlock …

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News of BNY Mellon realigning its Treasury Services leadership team in EMEA covered by the specialist press

BNY Mellon’s Treasury Services business has realigned its leadership team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to focus on its different market segments across the region. Daniel Verbruggen and Bana Akkad Azhari have both been promoted to the business leadership team. Verbruggen will continue to be responsible for relationship management in Europe, and Akkad …

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