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  • IFR Global 2014 Cover - SP Page

    IFR Review of the Year 2014

    In many ways 2014 was a bumper year for the investment banking industry. Although the year began with a few jitters as the US Federal Reserve changed guard and began to taper its purchases of government and asset-backed securities, asset prices across the markets quickly resumed their upward march of the past five years.

  • IFR Americas Cover - SP Page

    IFR Americas Review of the Year 2014

    They say in Hollywood that nothing dates faster than visions of the future. Those old sci-fi movies look so cheesy now because reality always outpaces our ability to predict it. And predictions for how 2014 would turn out look, in retrospect, pretty outdated indeed.

  • IFR Debt Capital Markets Roundtable 2014 Cover image

    IFR Debt Capital Markets Roundtable 2014

    IFR’s 2nd annual DCM roundtable once again drew together a group of super-senior managers, originators and syndicators whose firms between them account for close to two thirds of total international bond issuance. As with the inaugural event in 2013, it was an opportune moment for the people who run this business to take stock of market developments and provide an update and insight into some of the transformational themes confronting the financing industry.

  • Investing in Midcaps Equities Roundtable 2014 cover image

    IFR Investing in Small and Midcap Equities Roundtable 2014

    IFR’s ‘Investing in Midcap Equities’ Webinar, held in London on October 30, tackled a lot of issues at play in an interesting but often challenging segment of the equity market.

  • IFR India Report 2014 Cover

    IFR India Special Report 2014

    The pivotal moment - India’s capital markets are approaching a pivotal moment. After Narendra Modi’s landslide election victory earlier this year, initial enthusiasm has begun to give way to lingering doubts that the new regime can deliver on its reform agenda.

  • IFR India Offshore Financing Roundtable 2014

    IFR India Offshore Financing Roundtable 2014 (Held in September 2014)

    IFR’s India Offshore Finance Roundtable, held in Mumbai in September, was notable for many reasons. First of all, it took place on the day the new Modi government hit the key milestone of its first 100 days in office.

  • IFR German Corporate Funding Roundtable 2014 Cover image

    IFR German Corporate Funding Roundtable 2014

    Is Germany in a credit bubble, participants were asked at IFR’s 2014 German Corporate Funding Roundtable in September. It was the final question at the end of a thoughtful and insightful discussion. The cascade of answers was enlightening: “no”, “not yet”, “no, but it’s approaching”, “we’re close” and “it’s coming and it won’t be the banks that get hurt this time”.

  • IFR DCM Cover 2014

    IFR DCM Special Report 2014

    Fashion can be a cruel mistress, especially if you’re the only person to turn up at the party with platform sneakers, a tracksuit with “Juicy” scrawled across the derriere, and a green feather boa. Banks are experiencing their own fashion faux pas right now and working hard to maintain their appeal.

  • IFR US ECM Roundtable 2014 Cover

    IFR US ECM Roundtable 2014

    When we started thinking about the timing for a roundtable, we thought the first half of September would be a fantastic time to do it, because it would coincide with a market lull. We were totally wrong.

  • IFR IMF World Bank Report Cover 2014

    IFR IMF/World Bank Report 2014

    Playground rules - The collaborative effort of European governments and regulators is akin to children rushing around the school playground with a football. Enthusiasm and no lack of skill are undermined by issues of translation and the fierce desire of all to score the winning goal.

  • IFR German SME Funding 2014

    IFR German SME Funding Roundtable 2014

    The lack of credit in the real economy and the paucity of cash available for investment have been cited all over Europe as a major blocker of growth and investment, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. It’s an emotive issue that’s has the attention of politicians of all hues.

  • IFR Mexico Roundtable 2014

    IFR Mexico Roundtable 2014

    The Mexican economy is on the cusp of dramatic changes, if prognostications about the impact of the country’s sweeping reform process hold true. In July, IFR hosted a roundtable in Mexico City where bankers, public credit officials and treasurers at some of the country’s largest corporates discussed what these changes might mean for the country’s capital markets – and some of the challenges that lie ahead.

  • IFR ECM Roundtable 2014

    IFR ECM Roundtable 2014

    European Equity Capital Markets are hot. The 12 months to June 30 saw total ECM volume of US$311.5bn from 1,143 transactions. By dollar and deal number that is the highest since 2007, but it seems even longer ago for those that survived the three years of famine, 2010–2012.

  • IFR Top 250 Borrowers Cover 2014

    IFR Top 250 Borrowers 2014

    The bigger the better – in everything. Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, wasn’t alone in judging the world and its wares solely on the merit of size. Take bond investors. When the Federal Reserve announced its intention to begin tapering its quantitative easing programme last May, expectations were of an inexorable rise in US yields.

  • IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2014 cover image

    IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2014

    For the second year running, IFR hosted a well-attended seminar during the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting, held this time in Kazakhstan’s gleaming new capital, Astana. Part of the ADB’s official knowledge-sharing programme, the luncheon event brought together a panel of experts to discuss the development of Asian bond markets at a time when the ADB and other public sector bodies are working hard to promote Asia’s capital markets as an alternative to traditional bank finance.

  • IFR Germany Report cover 2014

    IFR Germany Special Report 2014

    As a solo performer, Germany has few rivals and many fans, striking all the right notes and rising sublimely above Europe’s discord as the DAX posts all-time highs, data show a growing economy, and unemployment dips to the lowest rate since unification.

  • IFR SSA Special Report 2014

    IFR SSA Special Report 2014

    The euro crisis is over. At least, that’s what the market appears to believe. Yields across the eurozone’s embattled periphery have fallen to levels not seen in nearly a decade, while rating agencies are starting to take a more positive outlook towards peripheral countries, citing progress in fiscal and economic reform.

  • IFR Emerging Europe & Turkey Cover 2014

    IFR Emerging Europe and Turkey Special Report 2014

    At cruising altitude; turbulence ahead?: This report reaches you at a time when Emerging Europe and Turkey could be stuck on the tarmac. The political situation means Ukraine is grounded and Russia may yet have to consider an emergency landing, yet the rest of the CEE region appears to be about to take off.

  • IFR Middle East Awards 2013 Cover

    IFR Middle East Awards 2013

    IFR’s inaugural Middle East Awards, which were presented at a gala dinner in Dubai at the end of March, were a great success. Senior investment bankers and their key clients assembled in the Ritz-Carlton DIFC to celebrate a significant year in the region’s capital markets and showcase some major achievements.

  • IFR Schuldscheine Roundtable Cover Image 2014

    IFR Schuldscheine Roundtable 2014

    IFR’s second Schuldscheine Roundtable, held in Frankfurt on March 11, attracted the market’s top originators who were keen to talk about the product’s role in Europe’s nascent private placement market and where we are likely to see activity emerge in the coming year.

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