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How to Identify and Manage Problem Loans

October 2022

With many economies bracing for downturn and a higher interest rate environment, a sharp spike in default rates is a likely prospect. What steps should banks and other lenders take to manage this?
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Understanding the Dynamics of Recession

October 2022

Around the world, many economies are either in recession or heading toward one as a result of the inflation crisis and the associated policy response from monetary authorities. But what exactly is a “recession,” what happens during it, how long does it last, and how does it end?
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IPO Activity Dwindles in 2022

September 2022

For many companies, going public is a landmark moment that signals their current success and future ambition. An initial public offering (IPO), which is the most common way of getting a public listing, is an expensive and time consuming process that also creates major ongoing costs and onerous compliance obligations but also brings with it significant benefits. But following a record 2021, activity in 2022 is comparatively disappointing.
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Sanctions Expose US Dollar Vulnerability but Dominance Set to Continue

July 2022

For the past century the US dollar has enjoyed unrivalled supremacy in global trade and finance. But the war in Ukraine and subsequent imposition of sanctions on Russia – the so-called “weaponization of finance” – has drawn attention to this dominance. It has also given pause for thought to those who would look for an alternative to the present regime. But in spite of major incentives for some countries to diversify away from the greenback, there remains a lack of credible alternatives.
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ESG Runs into Category Confusion

July 2022

One of the unforeseen consequences of the war in Ukraine has been a re-evaluation of industry categories hitherto understood to be contrary to economic, social, and governance (ESG) principles. This, in turn, has also exposed the limitations of ESG as a convenient catch-all term for ethical investing.
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New Inflationary Regime Takes Hold

June 2022

Around the world major economies are grappling with an extraordinary bout of inflation that has put to an end a disinflationary regime that lasted for 40 years. The euro area hit a record 8.1% rate in May. The UK’s consumer price index (CPI) rose by 9% in April – a rate not seen since the early 1980s. The Japanese producer price index (PPI) rose to 10% year-on-year the same month. Germany’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce expects inflation to reach 7.7% in 2022 – double last year’s rate in this the most inflation-phobic of countries.
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Cryptocurrency Risk Worries Multiply

June 2022

Investment is a perpetual search for superior returns relative to risk. At different points in time, various asset classes came into vogue. In the 1970s, gold was in favor. The 1990s saw emerging markets take on a new prominence. This century has seen the rise of alternatives.
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Sustainable Funds Labeling Under Examination

May 2022

The public appetite for sustainable investment is by now well understood and something that is uppermost in the minds of those responsible for the marketing of investment fund products. But the ability of concerned investors looking to target funds that adhere to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) standards is compromised by confusion over terminology related to investment practices.
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