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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Keith Mullin' s stories

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    Big Bang at 30: what goes around comes around

    Ticker | 26 October 2016

    The 30th anniversary of Big Bang has come at an opportune moment.

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    FICC rides to the rescue

    People & Markets | 21 October 2016

    FIXED-INCOME TRADING, the bête noire of investment banking for so long, bailed out what might have been an otherwise so-so third-quarter performance for the Big Five US firms as clients regained some sangfroid and showed more willingness to trade. Now, how often have you heard that?

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    Commerzbank champions Robo-CIB

    People & Markets | 14 October 2016

    DO I SENSE some early excitement around hoped-for future happenings at Commerzbank in the wake of the recently-unveiled restructuring? OK, on the basis that that no-one can be happy about the pain of heavy job cuts, excitement may not be le mot juste.

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    Dispatches from Washington

    Ticker | 12 October 2016

    IFR editor-at-large Keith Mullin reports from the US on regulatory rumblings and capital markets musings.

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    ECB taper and bank investability

    People & Markets | 07 October 2016

    EARLY CHATTER ABOUT the chilling subject that has been hanging over the European bond market for months caught a few people off-guard this past week. Even though there’s not frankly a whole lot new to say, I think reactions to the chatter were so telling that passing comment now is too difficult to pass up. I’m talking, of course, about the dreaded ECB taper.

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    ECB taper talk and a walk down memory lane

    Ticker | 05 October 2016

    I didn’t want to pass over early chatter about the chilling subject that has been hanging over the European bond market for months: the dreaded ECB taper. 

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    Deutsche Bank; not a 2008 moment. Yet

    Ticker | 30 September 2016

    THE INCREASINGLY PANICKED and fast-moving state of affairs at Deutsche Bank is eerily reminiscent of that calamitous fourth quarter of 2008. But to be sure, it isn’t the same. Even though the situation in the past week has felt a little disorderly at times, calling a Lehman moment would, I think, be foolhardy. As would suggesting the world financial system is about to fall into the abyss as it did in the aftermath of the Lehman Brothers collapse, taking the world economy with it.

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    Forget bail-in: this is the real world

    Ticker | 27 September 2016

    Is anyone in any real doubt that Deutsche Bank would be bailed out by the German government? Seriously, I mean really? 

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    A TLAC approach to Green bonds

    People & Markets | 16 September 2016

    THE GREEN BOND inner-circle are a testy lot. Some of the negative reactions to the supportive piece I wrote about the market back in May were, let’s just say, rather indecorous and I was harassed and hounded. Bemusing, since I’d merely postulated the idea that if voluntary standards weren’t tightened, definitions should be prescribed by regulatory diktat to give the market the robust underpinning it needs in order to scale. I stand by my position.

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    A TLAC approach to Green bonds

    Ticker | 14 September 2016

    THE GREEN BOND inner-circle are a testy lot. Some of the negative reactions to the supportive piece I wrote about the market back in May were, let’s just say, rather indecorous and I was harassed and hounded. Bemusing since I’d merely postulated the idea that if voluntary standards weren’t tightened, definitions should be prescribed by regulatory diktat to give the market the robust underpinning it needs in order to scale. I stand by my position.