News and opinion on finance

New Mexico City airport seen as test for Amlo

A 'devil' with two aeroplanes is held aloft during a protest against the new Mexico City airportThe fate of Mexico City’s New International Airport (NAIMC) is being seen by investors and bankers ...
Read More

‘Don’t overestimate’ Italy risk, pleads Amundi’s Perrier

The chief executive of Europe’s largest asset manager has launched a stringent defence of investment in its Italian business, despite increased worry about populist economic policy in Rome. Amundi’s shares plummeted 14% ...
Read More

Shahril takes charge of Khazanah

When Khazanah, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth investment vehicle, set about looking for a new managing director, it faced a problem: half the senior figures in public policy with any experience in finance had ...
Read More

Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela exemplify LatAm’s diverse risk metrics

Latin American economic extremes: Uruguay is flying high while Venezuela is facing a backlashEnjoying more favourable economic conditions on the back of recovering commodity prices, LatAm’s average risk score has improved on ...
Read More

Brazil pensions: Lack-of-business, as usual

In February, the Brazilian government sent the army into the violent and bankrupt city of Rio de Janeiro. That decision put paid to the desperately needed and desperately unpopular pension reform because ...
Read More

Devil in the detail in Singapore-Malaysia link

Malaysia prime minister Najib RazakA new plan to link up trading between Singapore and Malaysia’s stock markets could be important. Attempts to forge links between Asean exchanges are nothing new, though rarely ...
Read More

Barclays: Staley stays the course

What should be the verdict on Jes Staley? At one point the Barclays chief executive appeared to be lurching from one crisis to another, whether it was falling for an email prankster pretending ...
Read More

Viceroy’s traction is Ramaphosa’s challenge

South Africa's new president Cyril RamaphosaViceroy Research is little more than a blog, a googlemail account and a handful of connections in the hedge fund world.But the activist short seller has managed ...
Read More

Latvian banking: let there be light

It is easy for journalists to preach transparency. It is, after all, almost always in their interests. For bankers and policymakers, things are often not as clear cut.In a system where wrongdoing ...
Read More

FICC trading heads not celebrating yet

Higher volatility in the first two months, driven by uncertainty about the pace of Federal Reserve interest rate rises this year and next, has been exactly the kind that banks like best: ...
Read More

Brazil’s devilish future?

Former president Luiz Lula da Silva at a recent rallyThe most striking feature of one of January’s biggest news story was the feigned surprise. No, not the exposure of the horrible and ...
Read More

Goldman back in the 1MDB swamp after Leissner and Ng charges

The charges unsealed by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) around the 1MDB scandal on Thursday drag Goldman Sachs right back into the mire it has spent the past few years deftly ...
Read More