Thursday, 21 March 2019

Capital City' s stories

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    Fight-back takes root in CIB

    Blogs | 31 March 2016

    You heard it here first: we’re entering a new phase of the banking cycle. And that’s despite the poor set of underlying operating conditions the industry is confronting, exemplified by volatile markets, NIRP and low economic growth, a shrinking wallet in certain business lines and individual bank rehabilitation programmes. 

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    Credit Suisse strategy acceleration? More like a second bite of the cherry

    Blogs | 23 March 2016

    Is it just me or is there something awry at Credit Suisse? I mean, how many excuses did CEO Tidjane Thiam throw out today to try and mask – unsuccessfully in my view – his own shortcomings and those of the strategy he unveiled last October?

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    AJ Murphy's promotion a sign of the times

    Blogs | 15 March 2016

    People who said that AJ Murphy was lured back to Bank of America Merrill Lynch early last year from her short and rather odd-looking jaunt to Goldman Sachs on a promise of future greatness certainly look to have been vindicated. 

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    Passing of a legend

    Blogs | 10 March 2016

    If John Gutfreund hadn’t existed, you’d probably have needed to have invented him. The former CEO of Salomon Brothers, who passed away on March 9 aged 86, ran the storied firm from 1978 until a Treasury bond scandal forced him out in 1991. For good or for bad, the King of Wall Street became and remained a market legend.

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    Blessing's timing looks spot on

    Blogs | 07 March 2016

    Kudos to Commerzbank for showing us just how succession planning should be conducted. After what we’re told was an intensive selection process, Martin Zielke was named yesterday as the new chairman of the board of managing directors (aka CEO) to replace Martin Blessing.

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    Are bank strategy and EU regulation parting company?

    People & Markets | 04 March 2016

    IS THE EUROPEAN regulatory landscape evolving at cross purposes to the recent direction of travel around bank strategy and investor behaviour? In light of pronouncements from Barclays and Deutsche Bank CEOs Jes Staley and John Cryan, I’m starting to wonder.

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    Will the market drink Staley's Kool-Aid?

    Blogs | 02 March 2016

    Did investors overdo the gloom on Barclays on Tuesday? The 10% drop in the wake of Jes Staley’s narrative was surely a bit of a knee-jerk reaction. Sure, the dividend cuts in 2016 and 2017 were a bit of a kick in the nads for the income junkies, but still …

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    Exchanges in driving seat as IBs hunker down

    Ticker | 24 February 2016

    There was a time when people who worked in the exchange world were, well, exchange people; steeped in the traditions and mind-dynamics of stock exchanges. How times have changed.

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    Who's in the frame for Tom King's job?

    People & Markets | 19 February 2016

    EVERYONE IS ALL over the Tom King story as the head of Barclays’ CIB finally announces his departure. Of course this has been out there for the best part of a year so it’s hardly news. The IB community loves nothing more than a mischievous bout of reckless speculation so if an opportunity presents itself to engage in wild conjecture about who might take over, you’ve gotta take it.

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    No point moaning after you’ve lost your shirt

    Capital City | 05 January 2016

    Keith Mullin has little sympathy for naive investors

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    Supervisors turn on themselves

    People & Markets | 08 May 2015

    Editor-at-large Keith Mullin is bemused by aspects of the latest ESA risk report. 

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    Can investment banks ever be a disruptive force?

    Blogs | 15 April 2015

    Bank bosses are being pushed into making bold choices, says Keith Mullin

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    Sticking your neck out

    Capital City | 05 August 2014

    Keith Mullin: HSBC’s Flint shows why bank chairmen and CEOs should be separate.

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    EFSF going long, but paying up for the privilege

    Capital City | 22 July 2014

    A final MS+31 for the new 30-year EFSF benchmark may be the tight end of talk, but the deal still looks like a bargain, with EFSF April 2037s on screens circa +10bp bid and similar consolidated European sovereign paper from EIB due 2042 a touch wider at plus 13bp.

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    Mutually inclusive oxymorons

    Capital City | 29 May 2014

    Keith Mullin: Is it just me or does the topic of “inclusive capitalism” drive anyone else nuts?

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    Culture carriers, the female pipeline... and investment banking

    Capital City | 27 May 2014

    Keith Mullin sees some sense in Deutsche Bank’s decision on fixed income.

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    Retail hybrids? Bring ‘em on

    Capital City | 22 May 2014

    Keith Mullin sees no reason why hybrids shouldn’t sit nicely in retail portfolios.

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    Cavanagh quits JPM. Who can blame him?

    Capital City | 26 March 2014

    IFR Editor-at-large Keith Mullin sifts through a major IB exodus.

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    Barclays' Rebuild

    Capital City | 25 March 2014

    Keith Mullin: Barclays should ditch Go-To language around IB.

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    FCA stiffs trader for... trading

    Capital City | 20 March 2014

    IFR Editor-at-large Keith Mullin finds the UK regulator’s penalty, and reasoning, astonishing. 

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