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  1. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    Make hay while the sun shines

    On November 25, the German central bank, the Bundesbank, fired a warning shot across the bows of the German, and by implication the European financial sectors. The caution came in the Bank’s 2009 Financial Stability Review. In a nutshell, the Bank’s message was a variant of “we’re not out the woods yet, my friends…” Despite some heartening news in recent weeks about various European economies emerging from the recession…

  2. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Asian economic miracle version 2.0

    The flow of economic power from West to East has been massively accelerated by last year’s banking and financial crisis; indeed if investment managers’ predictions for 2010 are to be believed the process has become unstoppable. Many of the world’s leading investment management firms are predicting, in their outlooks for 2010, that the emerging economies of Asia-Pacific, and to a lesser extent Latin America, will outperform…

  3. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Roller-coaster ride for Chinese equities

    With economic recoveries and stock market rallies in the developed world looking shaky, investors are increasingly turning their eyes eastwards to benefit from the continuing economic boom in China. The latest to take the plunge is Anthony Bolton, the highly regarded British investor, currently president of investments at Fidelity. So enthused is Bolton, 59, by the opportunities in China…

  4. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    Dark pools—A dark matter needing light?

    The US Securities and Exchange Commission has been exercising itself in recent months over the topic of “dark pools.” What are dark pools? Let’s take a step back for an instant and approach the definition by way of a brief consideration of the practical reason why dark pools (which have been around, in one form or another, for as long as markets themselves) came into existence. When an institutional investor decides…

  5. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    EU derivatives regulation—Papering over the cracks

    The financial derivatives markets, whose instruments were famously labeled by Warren Buffett as “financial weapons of mass destruction,” are now firmly in the sights of the European Commission. Two EU press releases, one issued on July 9th this year and one on October 20th, confirm the Commission’s determination to ensure (and I quote) “safe and sound derivatives markets.” What bothers the Commission, and indeed regulators around the world, is…

  6. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Asia’s unprecedented opportunity

    Asia has a critical role to play in pulling the global economy out of recession and towards a more sustainable future, according to Dominique Strauss Kahn, the French-born managing director of the International Monetary Fund. But delivering the Monetary Authority of Singapore lecture on Friday, November 13th, he stressed…

  7. Finance Blogger: Anthony Harrington

    Carbon trading, a lesson in putting the right people in to bat

    Europe is leading the world in developing a market for carbon trading, using a market formula based on the cap-and-trade technique first developed in the US for air pollution control. According to a report by the World Bank, “State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2009,” the carbon market more than doubled from 2007 to 2008, up from $63 billion in 2007, to $126.3 billion in 2008. It is, of course, a totally contrived market…

  8. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Mark-to-market a cure, not a cause, of crisis

    It is wrong to blame fair-value accounting, also known as mark-to-market accounting, for causing the financial crisis that last year nearly tipped the global economy over the edge, according to the chairman of Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Gerald Corrigan. Also a managing director of Goldman Sachs, Corrigan said: “I do not believe that fair value accounting was the cause of it.” In his role as co-chair of Goldman Sachs’s firm-wide risk management committee in the run up to the crisis…

  9. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    New dawn for Gulf finance

    A new era has dawned for financial services, in which Gulf financial centers are well placed to demonstrate their virtues and fully compete with Western centers, according to Abdulrahman Ahmed Al-Shaibi, non-executive director of the Qatar Financial Center Authority. Addressing the QFINANCE launch event in Doha (“FT Rethinking the Future of Finance” conference), Mr Al-Shaibi said the time has come for…

  10. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Sovereign funds chastened

    Transparency has turned out to be something of a doubled-edged sword for the world’s $3 trillion sovereign wealth sector. Analysts suggest that sovereign wealth funds, which last year decided to embrace transparency, are now paying the price for being open and honest about their investment performance. Vociferous public disapproval of the losses they have incurred by investing in Western banks just as the credit crisis started to unfold is forcing them to…

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