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Reuters (October 4)

2018/ 10/ 07 by jd in Global News

Though Ireland still expects negative impacts from Brexit, the country is busy making lemonade with what otherwise might just be lemons. “Ireland’s central bank has seen a surge in financial services firms seeking to set up or extend their operations in Ireland as a result of Brexit and is processing over 100 applications.” So far, Barclays, Legal & General Investment Management and Standard Life Aberdeen are among the companies who have chosen Dublin as a post-Brexit base.”


Institutional Investor (February Issue)

2015/ 02/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Over the past five years, as Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland in the U.K., UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland and even Deutsche Bank have pared back their investment banking activities, U.S. banks have powered ahead in the European arena in just about every sector, including the all-important FICC and M&A advisory categories.”


Institutional Investor (April 24)

2014/ 04/ 26 by jd in Global News

To strengthen their balance sheets, large banks (including Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Barclays) have been reducing their commodities businesses, mainly through sales to independent trading companies. With these sales “to smaller players, conflicts of interest remain a potential problem” and nobody’s sure whether new problems will accompany this major shift. Given the skinnier balance sheets of the new players, market liquidity could conceivably suffer. In addition, “concerns abound that the underlying problems that have traditionally beset the commodities markets are simply being pushed onto a new and less tightly regulated set of actors.”


Financial Times (July 12)

2012/ 07/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The banking sector hardly needs another scandal.” In just two weeks, Barclays has been sanctioned for market fixing Libor submissions, the Royal Bank of Scotland had a system failure which hindered customer account access, and now HSBC is being hauled in front of Congress for money laundering. “With the world’s biggest banks entangled in investigations, it is foolish to think that the industry, already scraping the bottom of the barrel of public goodwill, has put the worst behind it.”