Tuesday, 12 December 2017

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    ICMA and the road to full market legitimacy

    People & Markets | 20 May 2016

    TO DUBLIN, WHERE 1,000 people signed up to attend the International Capital Market Association’s annual conference. That’s a record, by all accounts. What’s now called ICMA has been going since 1969 and people fondly recall the former Association of International Bond Dealers annual jamborees. These days, the event is a more thoughtful and serious affair and it’s become one of the highlights of the capital markets calendar.

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    FICC standards board: another body to clog up the works

    People & Markets | 13 May 2016

    HAS MARK YALLOP, the well regarded market pro appointed this past week to chair the UK’s FICC Markets Standards Board (FMSB), just entered the market standards-cum-regulatory equivalent of that inane ‘How many people can you fit in a Mini’ challenge championed for so long by the equally inane Guinness World Records?

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    P2P running out of steam? Thank God!

    Ticker | 12 May 2016

    Has the disruptive force of the P2P lending-cum-crowdfunding tornado been rendered impotent? It certainly looks that way. The alternative lending revolution that emerged from the global financial crisis as a grass-roots anti-bank movement has been curbed. The disruptors have been disrupted by the disruptees. 

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    Green bonds: bring in some rules or bring in the regulators

    Ticker | 12 May 2016

    Beware. The Green bond market is being greenwashed. But not in the way you think. And not by the people you think are doing it. If participants want the market to continue to be self-regulated, ICMA needs to get tough. If not – and I say this with considerable hesitation – call in the regulators.

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    Watch out for India’s coming IPO boom

    People & Markets | 29 April 2016

    TO MUMBAI, WHERE I hosted IFR’s 2016 India ECM conference. And what a fabulous contrast to the gloom in Europe. A vicious ice storm had descended on London while I was on my way to Heathrow and the temperature plunged to an unseasonal 5oC.

  • Mullin: Speculation mounts as Fields departs SG

    People & Markets | 22 April 2016

    Is something afoot at Societe Generale? Dan Fields, head of global markets since the start of 2012, departed this week after 22 years at the bank.

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    Too early to write off 2016 IB earnings

    People & Markets | 22 April 2016

    IF THE FIRST quarter of the year was a bust, traditionally the most active quarter for deal-making, does it follow that the entire year will be a write-off for investment banking revenues? 

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    Nomura axes 800 staff in EMEA, US retreat

    Top News | 15 April 2016

    Nomura plans to axe up to 800 staff in Europe and the US as Japan’s biggest brokerage tries to stem years of heavy overseas losses.

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    Do CIBs engage in anti-competitive practices?

    People & Markets | 15 April 2016

    THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT Authority, the UK regulator, has been busy. It published three linked pieces of work this past week: the interim report of its investment and corporate banking market study (comment deadline May 25); the availability of information in the UK equity IPO process discussion paper (comment deadline July 13); and the “Quid pro quo? What factors influence IPO allocations to investors?” occasional paper.

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    Nomura takes step towards sustainable EMEA profitability

    Ticker | 13 April 2016

    Nomura’s decision to ditch sub-scale businesses in Europe, foreshadowed for some time but announced on April 12, is completely reasonable. It’s the right thing to do and consistent with what every other house on the Street is doing in order to tailor their business profiles and make a decent living.