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Five questions about the Goldman 1MDB settlement

The agreement between Goldman Sachs and the Malaysian government over the US bank’s work with 1MDB has inspired a number of ‘Goldman settles for $3.9 billion’ headlines. There’s a bit more going ...
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What GIC’s annual results tell us about sovereign wealth under Covid-19

Today (Tuesday July 28) the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), one of the biggest and most sophisticated sovereign wealth vehicles in the world, announced its full-year return to March 31 ,2020 ...
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Venio has big ambitions for nano-credits to the unbanked

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, together with the World Bank Group and the World Economic Forum, launched a survey during the second ...
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Immigration risk is troubling for the EU and southeastern Europe

The Covid-19 crisis has raised the stakes worldwide, plunging the global economy into recession and creating unanticipated fiscal pressures for many countries already struggling with domestic problems, geopolitics and global trade wars ...
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First judgment on 1MDB and Najib: Who knew what and when?

This week former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was sentenced to 12 years in jail after being found guilty on seven corruption counts associated with 1MDB in the Kuala Lumpur High Court ...
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Wholesale banking: ABN Amro cuts now, but ING is next

Think of a European bank that needs to shrink its corporate and investment bank. Deutsche Bank or Societe Generale probably come to mind, but ABN Amro’s decision to run down all corporate ...
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European banks eye state debt-for-equity swaps

European Banking Federation president Jean Pierre Mustier European banks, especially in Germany, are pushing for hard-hit borrowers to have easier access to state equity support as the economic impact of the coronavirus ...
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SMEs must consider real asset securitization to close financing gap

As both developed and emerging market economies struggle to recover from the first phase of the Covid emergency, finding new ways to channel financial support to small and medium-sized enteprises becomes ever ...
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Jarden and Credit Suisse go their separate ways in Australia

Credit Suisse Australia and Jarden call time on their strategic partnership A 30-year alliance came to an inevitable end on Friday when Credit Suisse Australia and Jarden exited their strategic partnership. As ...
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Special country risk survey: Lebanon on the ropes after Beirut explosion

The destroyed port in Beirut The impromptu special survey shows Lebanon’s total risk score downgraded further to less than 22 points out of a maximum 100, pushing the country deeper into the ...
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Blockchain platforms see Covid-19 trade finance opportunity

Distributed-ledger technology-based transactions are slowly becoming more commonplace in trade finance. Last month, Turkey’s Isbank became the first financial institution in that country to use the technology for a trade-finance transaction, for ...
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Macaskill on markets: Commodity boom could clash with ESG push

Goldman Sachs was keen to highlight the contribution made by commodities to its robust recent second-quarter results. “Strong trading performance was aided by high volumes and volatility across all of our businesses, ...
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India: End of an era as Aditya Puri sells down at HDFC

COPYING AND DISTRIBUTING ARE PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE PUBLISHER: SContreras@Euromoney.com By: Published on: Thursday, July 30, 2020 The managing director retires in October. RBI has three names to contemplate as his ...
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US-China rivalry hinders a struggling HSBC

HSBC has suffered an absolutely torrid few months. As it gears up to announce what are likely to be a rocky set of interim results at 5am London time (12 noon Hong ...
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Country risk: Politics and Covid-19 put Malaysia in a spin

It has been a challenging time for Malaysian investors. The coronavirus crisis has taken a swipe at economic growth, sovereign debt is rising, and the political landscape is in flux. This follows ...
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DJ D-Sol drops another PR bomb

Just one day after Goldman Sachs announced a settlement with Malaysia over the 1MDB fraud, David Solomon took to the stage in the Hamptons resort east of New York to party in ...
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Argentina is unsure it can pay its debt offer

The government of Argentina says it cannot increase the value of its repayment offer to the country’s creditors because “we are not 100% confident that we can afford [what we have already ...
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What European banks need before mergers can save them

European banks must revolutionise their business models – even the European Central Bank recognises this now. In new draft guidance, the ECB signals it won’t stand in the way of mergers, including ...
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HSBC Mexico’s Arce sees pandemic push for digital banking

HSBC Mexico’s chief executive, Jorge Arce, says the coronavirus pandemic has greatly accelerated adoption of its digital banking services – with clients overcoming cultural resistance to move online and take advantage of ...
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Equity Bank turns to vertical strategy after collapse of Atlas Mara acquisition

Equity Bank’s plans for regional expansion suffered a setback when its deal to acquire four subsidiaries of Atlas Mara collapsed in June. It began talks to acquire Atlas Mara’s subsidiaries in Rwanda, ...
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