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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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  • Banks face US$340bn state-backed bond refi hole

    Ticker | 24 August 2011

    Banks will struggle to refinance the upcoming mountain of government-guaranteed debt that is due to mature in the next two years unless the primary market fully thaws in the coming weeks, according to bankers and investors. Banks had planned to aggressively use the autumn period to get ahead of large refinancing requirements in 2012. Thomson Reuters data show that the US$230bn equivalent of European bank government-guaranteed debt will mature in 2012 and US banks will have more than US$122bn maturing.

  • Nachum Kaplan, IFR Asia Pacific Bureau Chief

    Does anyone really believe in the renminbi?

    Ticker | 26 August 2011

    Does anyone really think the renminbi is going to replace the dollar as the world’s premier currency? Talk of the renminbi displacing the US dollar, or at least becoming a viable alternative to it, seems to be getting louder as the

  • IFR Editor-at-large Keith Mullin

    EZ crisis: so little time, so much to do

    Ticker | 24 October 2011

    So here’s where I think we got to over the weekend ahead of the crunch Wednesday meeting at which the grand plan is all supposed to come together: After Sarko and Merkel’s major blow-up row – so much for their much vaunted ‘we’re at one on th

  • Credit Mutuel Arkea

    FIG WRAP: Robust start to the week with five deals in market

    Bonds | 09 January 2012

    The start to the week is turning out to be busy: LeasePlan Corp, Credit Mutuel Arkea and SBAB were all in the market this morning, besides ING Bank, which announced plans to issue on Friday. Arkea and SBAB both went for trades of €750m.

  • Keith Mullin, Editor at Large, International Financing Review

    Living in a bailed-out country is no fun

    Capital City | 06 August 2011

    TO PORTUGAL, where I’m normally taking time out for some well deserved R&R. But it just so happens that the EC, ECB and IMF (aka the Troika) followed me here so I couldn’t resist writing a

  • Berlusconi 7 July 2011

    Panic hits credit markets, reminiscent of 2008

    Ticker | 12 July 2011

    Panic selling hit the European credit markets on Tuesday as worries about the Eurozone peripheral sovereign crisis sent bond cash prices and indices in a downward spiral. Every single eurozone peripheral sovereign has printed new wides in credit protection markets.

  • Keith Mullin, Editor at Large, International Financing Review

    Teenage scribblers and dozy politicians: what a combination

    Ticker | 12 July 2011

    Dithering politicians; clueless traders; and teenage analysts spouting super-irritating but baseless correlations. It’s a combination from hell. Italy’s position hasn’t changed of late; yet it’s all of a sudden got ensnared by the Eurozone crisis. If you cared to believe the headlines on Monday, the country was basis points of yield away from a bailout, because the refinancing rate inferred by current bond yields would be prohibitive. How ridiculous.

  • Keith Mullin, Editor at Large, International Financing Review

    US banks: what a lousy investment

    Capital City | 20 July 2011

    Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, which both reported Q2 numbers yesterday, have, along with the rest of the industry, taken a beating in the stock market this year. GS’s earnings clearly weren’t what the market was expecting. In all fairness, they were awful.

  • Zuercher Kontonalbank

    "Unique" ZKB paves way with FINMA compliant hybrid

    Ticker | 13 January 2012

    Triple A rated Zuercher Kantonalbank is planning to price the first public new style hybrid Tier 1 issue in Europe as soon as next week, having mandated itself and UBS for the perpetual non-call 5.5-year deal. (* Correction appended)

  • Ziggo

    ‘Pilot fishing’ activity steps up as IPOs come back on the agenda

    Capital City | 14 February 2012

    Investors were quick to complain when the IPO market crumbled last year that bankers had failed to introduce companies early enough to potential buyers. With this in mind, pilot-fishing activity has kicked off during the past week with a view to launching possible IPOs in the first half of 2011.

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