Wednesday, 19 December 2018


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  • Zero to hero

    One minute Goldman Sachs is doing next to no trades in the emerging markets; the next, it is the only firm to have sealed up lead roles on three of the biggest deals of the year in the same week.

  • Your coupon or your life

    For all the complexity surrounding SIV-lite credit portfolio trades, investors in Cairn High Grade Funding were faced with a simple choice: give up most of your coupon income or face losing your principal.

  • You don't say, Sherlock

    Even before CEBS released its latest consultation paper regarding hybrid capital instruments last week, it was clear that many investors would now steer clear of the sector.

  • Yield of dreams

    “Build it and they will come” has to be one of the more infamous movie misquotes of all time. It nonetheless works perfectly when it comes to new asset classes.

  • Yes we can

    With government-backed funding available across numerous jurisdictions around the world, why would any bank issue in standalone format?

  • Xiaomi’s reboot

    What a relief. Xiaomi’s first week as a listed company has drawn a line under the recent run of shaky IPOs from China’s technology sector – but it could have been very different.

  • Xiaomi the way to go home

    When it comes to Chinese equities, two wrongs sometimes do make a right.

  • Xiaomi the money

    Xiaomi’s giant IPO is widely seen as a turning point for Hong Kong, and for China’s technology sector. So far, it’s looking more like a leap of faith.

  • Wrongdoer's charter

    The fine meted out to Deutsche Bank by the UK's FSA over its shenanigans around the Scania block trade was nothing but a charter to break the rules.

  • Wrong, but not venal

    It is an unpleasant feature of modern culture in the UK – and to a lesser extent the US – that whenever something goes wrong it seems few find it possible to blame poor judgement, incorrect assumptions or just sheer bad luck. Rather, it seems, when things go wrong it must be because the people involved are stupid and greedy, if not actually corrupt.

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