Keith Mullin is Editor-at-Large of International Financing Review (IFR). An accomplished journalist, editor and market commentator for over 25 years, Keith has covered a range of specialist market segments from debt, equity and loan capital markets to securitisation, financial derivatives, leveraged finance, emerging markets and others. He is the author of two hard-hitting analyses of the investment banking industry – "Global Investment Banks: Trends, Strategies and Performance (2006) and “After the Bailout: Future Directions in Investment Banking” (2009). Based in London, Keith is married with three children. He is Vice President of Save the Children.
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CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING. Stream 1: Monetary policy actions that achieve the square root of zero, which deprive savers and pensioners of income, have no discernible impact on companies’ preparedness to borrow in order to invest in the real economy, on banks preparedness to lend or for that matter on consumers’ preparedness to engage in conspicuous consumption and which consequently conspire to kill off growth drivers.
Are G-SIBs doing enough to promote and support gender diversity in their senior executive ranks? On the evidence of the EBA’s recent survey and my own analysis of the most senior management bodies of US and European G-SIBs, clearly not.
INVESTMENT BANKS CONTINUE to tweak their debt org structures to gird themselves better to benefit from – or should that be survive? – opportunities in today’s abnormal debt market conditions driven by unorthodox monetary policy, the complex regulatory environment and uncertain economic growth.