S&P report warns that Argentina’s renewables plan requires a stronger regulatory framework to succeed

The Argentine energy sector faces a predicament. During peak seasons, the country’s inefficient electricity generators are unable to satisfy growing power demand – at best obliging the country to import electricity and at worst leaving some areas in the dark. In response, the Argentine government hopes to attract US$15 billion of investment (most likely from …

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Writing in IFR, Natixis’ Emmanuel Issanchou discusses the increasing trend for European investment in the Dutch mortgage market

  Historically, the major Dutch banks have had a monopoly over their domestic mortgage market. The financial crisis, however, has changed that. Nearly a decade on, banks are still cautious lenders – constrained by unprecedented regulatory pressures. As such, non-bank mortgage lending is on the rise in the Dutch Market. And, as institutions across the …

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Vietnam and Myanmar should diversify beyond Chinese trade, suggests Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas in Trade and Forfaiting Review

In a relatively short space of time, Vietnam has emerged from a history of conflict, partition and poverty to become an industrialised, exporting powerhouse. The economy grew by 6.2% last year, and is likely to expand by a further 6.7% in 2017. Following closely in Vietnam’s footsteps is Myanmar. One year on from the election …

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“Reimagining ASEAN” – Deutsche Bank launches series of reports examining ASEAN progress towards realising the 2025 Economic Community Vision

In the year of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, there is certainly much to celebrate. From small beginnings in 1967, ASEAN – comprising 10 countries and a combined population of 630 million – has evolved into a vibrant economic community. Indeed, if taken as a single economy, ASEAN would rank as the world’s sixth largest (with a …

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UniCredit’s Luca Corsini explains in GTR how transaction bank evolution is good news for corporates

The current challenging environment in global trade is compelling transaction banks to re-examine client relationships, improve efficiency and step up innovation to remain competitive and future proof their business models. Luca Corsini, Global Head of Trade Finance at UniCredit and new Global GTB Co-Head starting from August, explains in GTR that despite the impetus, it’s …

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Natixis’ Eric Le Brusq tells IFR that custom indices have revived French structured products

Low interest rates have sapped demand for structured products as it became prohibitively costly to provide a full capital guarantee. While investors have settled for the partial protection afforded by autocallable notes, structuring remains a challenge as issuers juggle near-zero rates and razor-thin distributor fees. In a recent article for IFR, Eric Le Brusq, global …

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iGTB’s Tapan Agarwal cited in Global Trade Review cover story on “regtech”

Tapan Agarwal, product council head at iGTB, has been cited in the cover story of the latest issue of Global Trade Review, speaking on the subject of “regtech” – the use of technology to resolve regulatory issues and manage compliance risk. Agarwal discusses iGTB’s DDIQ engine – developed by OutsideIQ – which uses artificial intelligence to undertake due diligence. DDIQ …

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News of Intellect signing 10-year deal with “Big Four” Australian bank, covered by specialist press

Intellect Design Arena Limited, a digital technology product provider across Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, has signed a 10 year deal with one of Australia’s “Big Four”, to implement its integrated trade finance, treasury and retail remittance solution for the Bank’s corporate and retail customers in one of its offshore regions. The solution encompasses a …

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UniCredit’s Claudio Camozzo and Jan Kupfer on the potential of bank-fintech partnerships in Finextra

With banks and emerging fintechs introducing new innovations and business models to the industry by the day, the question of how these two parties co-exist in today’s landscape remains. And while some banks may have initially viewed fintechs as a threat, many are now looking to learn from their innovative approach. Collaboration is increasingly seen …

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Writing for FTSE Global Markets, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson believes America’s nuclear sector is edging closer to meltdown

  Under pressure from low natural gas prices, the commercial viability of America’s unregulated nuclear power industry has weakened in recent years. In turn, discussions regarding the revival of ailing plants have turned to state subsidies. But can state assistance prevent the nuclear industry’s collapse? In an article for FTSE Global Markets, S&P Global Ratings’ …

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