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  • MREL is a paradox for small UK banks

    MREL is a paradox for small UK banks

    Little lenders are being pushed closer to collapse in the UK by rules that were supposed to make them more resilient. The Bank of England should take note.

  • Now is not the time to rush an ESG securitization framework

    Now is not the time to rush an ESG securitization framework

    An ESG framework for the European securitization market is a noble aim but the middle of this pandemic is not the time to implement it. The European Parliament needs to take its time and make sure such a regime is built to last, and not throw it in alongside emergency legislation.

  • Alibaba CEO learns lesson in humility

    Alibaba CEO learns lesson in humility

    Alibaba’s chief executive Daniel Zhang has praised a regulatory crackdown on China’s technology titans. That was an abrupt turn from co-founder Jack Ma’s loose-lips policy to discussing China. Investors will be relieved.

  • Croydon’s insolvency could be just the beginning

    Croydon’s insolvency could be just the beginning

    Giving cheap loans with few restrictions to local authorities via the Public Works Loan Board is not a suitable replacement for central government funding. This must change, or London Borough of Croydon will only be the first council to fall into insolvency.

  • Russians need to move quick to get ahead of sanctions

    Russians need to move quick to get ahead of sanctions

    With the inauguration of US president-elect Joe Biden in January will come increased expectations of further sanctions against Russian figures and corporates. Russian issuers should take advantage of the rally initiated by Biden's election performance and follow their sovereign into bond markets to raise cash while the going is good.

  • Investors take big risks in ignoring Brexit struggle

    Investors take big risks in ignoring Brexit struggle

    As the UK and the EU prevaricate over the terms of a future trading relationship, equity investors seem to be ignoring the lack of progress in negotiations and the dangerous possibility of a deal between the pair not being struck before the Brexit transition period ends in just a few weeks.

  • Corporate disclosure shouldn’t be outsourced to stock markets

    Corporate disclosure shouldn’t be outsourced to stock markets

    UK chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement that large UK companies, whether listed or private, would need to make climate-related disclosures, was a step towards an important principle — that corporate transparency is a public good, and should be driven by governments, not listing authorities.

  • ECB could copy Japan's special rates for reforming banks

    ECB could copy Japan's special rates for reforming banks

    The Bank of Japan has said that it will pay extra on reserves deposited by banks that become more cost efficient or that merge. A similar policy could well be introduced in Europe too, although perhaps with different aims.

  • For the good of all society retail payment relief must be a two-way street

    For the good of all society retail payment relief must be a two-way street

    With the UK in its second lockdown, there is growing frustration among commercial landlords that retailer tenants are taking advantage of payment waivers. It is vital for the health of the commercial real estate sector and the pension funds that finance it that this is not allowed to happen.

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