BNY Mellon’s Bana Akkad Azhari discusses how bank-fintech collaboration is creating opportunities for trade in the Middle East in Cash and Trade

Recent years have heralded a new, dynamic “fintech era”. Global investment in fintech has skyrocketed in recent years, yet, the vast majority of fintech investment originates from other regions, with the Middle East only accountable for 0.1% of the global total in 2016. However, fintech companies are increasingly looking at how new innovations can improve …

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S&P Global Ratings reports the U.K’s less efficient water utilities are at-risk from Ofwat’s regulatory changes, covered by specialist press

A recently-published report by S&P Global Ratings claims that U.K.-based water utilities may face lower returns after 2020. This came after elements of industry regulator Ofwat’s methodology for its upcoming Price Review emerged. To compensate for utilities’ lower takings, the regulator is proposing attractive performance-based financial incentives. While this increased scope for earnings from incentives …

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Falcon Group’s Emma Clark explains how GCC corporates are achieving growth throughout tightening liquidity

In the second commentary article in a series for Financer Worldwide, Emma Clark, head of business development, UK and Europe at Falcon Group, discusses that as oil revenues continue suffer and bank liquidity dries throughout the GCC region, corporates will continue to seek alternative means of financing than traditional bank lending. Unhampered by the same regulatory …

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Natixis’ Madrid appointment reported in Expansión, Cinco Dias, and Reuters

Following Moorgate’s outreach, leading Spanish business and economics publication Expansión reported on Natixis’ appointment of Claudio Boada as Senior Adviser to the Madrid office. In their print edition, Expansión explains that Boada will help on the continuous expansion of Natixis’ portfolio of clients and assist with the bank’s growth and development plans in the region, alongside Carlos …

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S&P Global Ratings’ report warning of diminishing demand for U.K. university accommodation is covered by specialist press

A recently-published paper by S&P Global Ratings has raised concerns that accommodation demand at the UK’s lower-ranked universities could fall – amid growing competition among the country’s higher education institutions. While long-term investors remain interested in university accommodation, S&P believes the sector faces mounting pressure – as a consequence of the decline in number of …

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The Manufacturer and Falcon Group host roundtable on the impact of Brexit on UK manufacturers

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) raises significant challenges, as well as potential opportunities for UK manufacturing. The Manufacturer and specialist financier Falcon Group hosted a roundtable to the look at the key issues facing the industry. The participants included representatives from Sullivan & Worcester, UKEF, JJ Churchill, Aon Credit International and …

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America’s trillion-dollar challenge: S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees writes for Infrastructure Intelligence

Infrastructure in the US needs trillions of dollars of investment for repairs and renewal. Pressure will only mount as disruptive technology increases in scope and the need to be environmentally sustainable rises up the agenda. In a feature for Infrastructure Intelligence, Trevor D’Olier-Lees, senior director at S&P Global Ratings, outlines the state of a selection of American …

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A New Playing Field: Deutsche Bank discusses the implications of the new European Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) in Flow Magazine

PSD2 is certainly not a minor update of the original EU Payment Services Directive (PSD1) established in 2007. It brings three major changes to PSD1: it widens the geographical and currency scope of predecessor regulation; it introduces higher levels of payment security and authentication; and finally, and perhaps most disruptively, PSD2 licenses third party providers …

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Broadening export horizons: Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas explores Myanmar and Vietnam in The Asset

Vietnam’s economic development has been driven by its export-led industries, and Myanmar looks set to follow in its footsteps. In a feature for leading Asian finance magazine The Asset, Agnes Vargas, Regional Head of Greater China and ASEAN, explains that continued economic progress in both countries will depend on diversifying trade beyond their traditional partner China …

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In the fast lane: Deutsche Bank examines the potential impact of instant payments in the business-to-business space in Flow Magazine.

Instant payments (also referred to as real-time or immediate payment schemes) come in many different forms. Typically, however, they share a few common characteristics: they offer (near) real-time crediting of a payee’s account (usually meaning under a minute), they operate 24/7/365, and when successful, are final and irrevocable. For consumers, small businesses and retailers, a …

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