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  • Korea ECM: investors miss the point

    Korea ECM: investors miss the point

    South Korea’s financial regulator has stepped up scrutiny of big IPOs recently, disrupting a few listings and stoking concerns about a pullback in deal flow. Investors have so far been undeterred — but it’s time they start paying attention.

  • The UK risks missing an opportunity on MREL

    The UK risks missing an opportunity on MREL

    The Bank of England looks set to wrap up a review of the minimum requirements for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) without reconsidering its total asset threshold. That would be a mistake.

  • Stan Chart’s apprentices to tear down banking shibboleths

    Stan Chart’s apprentices to tear down banking shibboleths

    Standard Chartered’s mould-breaking front office apprenticeship scheme is to be lauded. The programme stands to supply the City not just with a new breed of banker but, if handled well, could bring that rarest of commodities to high finance — genuine diversity.

  • Equity market hiccup betrays Covid fears

    Equity market hiccup betrays Covid fears

    A sell-off in global equities at the beginning of last week, in response to the Delta-variant-fueled rise in Covid-19 cases, was largely erased in the following days. But the episode offered a glimpse of the disquiet in the market, and a hint as to the likely reaction if the pandemic were to take a course that put the brakes on economic growth.

  • Catastrophe risk: a wake up call for insurers

    Catastrophe risk: a wake up call for insurers

    The recent floods in Europe should be sounding alarm bells for the insurance industry. With events like these on the rise thanks to global warming, insurers facing compounding losses should look to catastrophe bonds as an alternative to costly reinsurance.

  • The distressed debt boom that wasn't

    The distressed debt boom that wasn't

    At the start of the pandemic, it made total sense for investors to pile capital into distressed debt funds. More than a year on, the decision looks like less of a slam dunk.

  • Robinhood’s appeal to retail does not level the playing field

    Robinhood’s appeal to retail does not level the playing field

    Robinhood’s mission to democratise stock markets is taking its inevitable next step with its own initial public offering, of which it says it will sell between 20% to 35% to retail investors. But while opening up the IPO investor base beyond the institutional investor clique sounds good in theory, such transactions remain extremely risky for retail investors.

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