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Infrastructure’s race against the clock

July 3, 2017

Infrastructure bonds have been around for a while but they need stronger government backing if they are to gain traction. 

China financial risk needs more than a clampdown

July 3, 2017

China is targeting high level officials and wealth management products in its assault on shadow banking. But measures only tackle the supply, not the reasons behind the demand for unregulated financing.

Bank M&A: back from the dead?

May 2, 2017

After a moribund few years, M&A deals in Europe’s banking sector look set for a renaissance.

All eyes on financial sector as Brexit begins

March 27, 2017

The triggering of Article 50 heralds the beginning of the end for the UK in the EU. The financial services sector can only wait to see what will happen to London's clearing house business. 

Another great rotation false dawn

January 30, 2017

Strategists are hailing the bonds-to-equity rotation – again. But it is no more likely to happen than it was the last time they told us it was imminent.

Infrastructure investment – the revival

January 3, 2017

While interest rates remain low, infrastructure investment makes more sense than ever.

Oversight, not laws, will underpin Trump's deregulation

November 28, 2016

US president-elect Donald Trump may not get his wish to repeal Dodd-Frank, but he has plenty of power to appoint regulators who share his light-touch views.

Why Trump could be a blessing for China

November 28, 2016

China could benefit if the US makes good on its threat to pull out of Trans-Pacific Partnership by strengthening its standing in the Asia-Pacific region. But neighbours trading with the giant could risk ceding political power. 

Better integration will move mobile money up the value chain

September 26, 2016

Mobile money accounts are growing in numbers but a large proportion of them remain dormant. More must be done to integrate the e-wallet model with conventional payment systems.

A bond to end sovereign defaults?

September 26, 2016

As European figures show, the fight against government debt goes on. GDP-linked bonds are a possible solution, but first they need investor backing.

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