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Clearing the road to investment in the Dominican Republic

November 1, 2017

With an urgent need for better infrastructure, the Dominican Republic is keen to attract more private investment. It is introducing new laws to offer guarantees to investors, but insists deals must benefit the country too. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Austria opts for the deal of the century

November 1, 2017

The Austrian government’s landmark 100-year bond drew double the usual amount of investors. Markus Stix of the Austrian Treasury described the deal to David Wigan. 

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MiFID II’s collateral damage

November 1, 2017

Every inch of Europe’s trading universe will be touched by MiFID II, which takes effect from January 2018. It may achieve its goals of investor protection and supervisory oversight but this could come at the expense of less liquidity, less competition and a string of other unintended consequences, writes Danielle Myles. 

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IILM looks to bring cohesion to Islamic finance

November 1, 2017

As a relatively young market, the Islamic finance sector has evolved in a fractured fashion. This has driven the establishment of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation to tackle the lack of high-quality liquid instruments in the market. James King talks to acting CEO Abdoul Aziz Ba about the challenges involved.

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The Banker's Top Islamic Financial Institutions – 2017

November 1, 2017

This year’s top Islamic financial institutions ranking shows better performances across the board, with less developed markets showing the most significant growth, and Africa seen as a prime market for expansion. James King reports.

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Conflict? Scandal? South Korean investors carry on regardless

October 2, 2017

South Korea’s capital markets are thriving despite threats of aggression from North Korea, as well as business and political scandals at home, writes Michael Imeson.

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Work continues for European Stability Mechanism

October 2, 2017

Following the sovereign debt crisis, Europe's funding safeguard was set up to ensure regional stability. While most countries no longer need propping up, the European Stability Mechanism is still busy, as head of funding and investor relations Siegfried Ruhl tells David Wigan.

IFCs display different shades of green

October 2, 2017

Many international finance centres are setting up or piloting sustainable finance bond programmes. But inconsistency in the way sustainability is measured makes it hard to assess just how green they really are. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Capital market buoyancy helps drive Spanish recovery

September 1, 2017

With consumer confidence on the rise, unemployment at an eight-year low and investor perceptions changing for the better, Spain appears to be emerging from the economic doldrums. David Wigan reports on the forces driving the recovery and finds that – despite some reasons for caution – it appears to be gathering momentum.      

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ECM pipeline builds as Spanish confidence grows

September 1, 2017

Following the 2012 bailout of the Spanish banking system, investor trust in the country's financial institutions is on the up – giving a welcome boost to its equity capital markets. David Wigan reports.

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