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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

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    Are the Chinese eyeing Lloyds Bank?

    Ticker | 18 August 2016

    How about this for a great summer sizzler? The UK government sells its 9.1% in Lloyds Banking Group within the stated schedule of 2016–17, coinciding with the departure of Antonio Horta Osorio for pastures new. There’s already been some chatter about how long the group CEO will hang on and I gather some institutional shareholders are keen for the board to accelerate succession planning.

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    Regulation: the FSB’s wayward love child

    People & Markets | 12 August 2016

    REMEMBER THAT SILLY old song that tells of a guy who marries a widow with an adult daughter? The daughter marries the guy’s widower father, so becoming both the guy’s step-daughter and stepmother; both couples have children; and through a complex series of family relationships the guy ends up being his own grandfather?

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    No more turning the clock back on bond liquidity

    People & Markets | 05 August 2016

    IF YOU WERE thinking of throwing your hat into the ring to be a member of the Expert Group being set up by Niall Bohan, head of Capital Markets Union at the European Commission, on understanding and improving EU corporate bond market liquidity, it’s too late: the call for applications closed on August 5.

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    Stress test banks see weird trading patterns

    Ticker | 02 August 2016

    The title of my column last Friday afternoon was always intended to have been bold, even if optically potentially rather foolhardy, coming as it did just hours ahead of the release of the European banking health checks. “EU stress tests stress UniCredit less”, my headline screamed. UniCredit shareholders, clearly, were less convinced but I stand by every word of it.

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    EU stress tests stress UniCredit less

    Ticker | 29 July 2016

    How many people will be hanging around to jump on the European Banking Authority stress test results at 10pm Central European time tonight?

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    Negative energy, nuancing and the race to get fixed

    People & Markets | 28 July 2016

    Editor-at-large Keith Mullin examines the restructuring at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, arguing that people seem far more inclined to buy Tidjane Thiam’s narrative than they do John Cryan’s.

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    Time for State Bailouts 2.0?

    People & Markets | 22 July 2016

    A LOT OF people leapt on the launch this past week of the EBA’s public consultation on its interim report on the implementation and design of MREL. It’s hardly beach reading but the deadline for responses is August 30, so stick it in your suitcase as you head off on vacation.

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    Smile and sign – ignore the gun to your head

    People & Markets | 08 July 2016

    WHAT SHOULD WE surmise, I wonder, from that rather odd-looking joint statement from UK finance minister George Osborne and international investment bank heads on London as a world-leading financial centre?

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    The Bank of England and living in bubble-world

    Ticker | 05 July 2016

    IFR Editor-at large Keith Mullin asks whether UK commercial property is about to confront a prolonged price squeeze or whether it is just more Brexit white noise.

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    Mustier grasps the UniCredit nettle

    People & Markets | 01 July 2016

    SPARE A THOUGHT for Jean-Pierre Mustier, newly anointed chief executive of UniCredit. Shares in the sprawling banking group were tanking on Friday morning, the day after the announcement of his return, plumbing new depths below €1.86.