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ECB: new unsecured overnight interest rate

22 September 2017

Overnight benchmark interest rates are important for financial markets and monetary policy implementation. ECB overnight rate will complement existing benchmark rates produced by the private sector and serve as a backstop to private sector benchmark rates. The preparations for rate to be finalised before 2020, including industry consultation.

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A better view

21 September 2017

The recent FCA enforcement trends, especially in the context of wholesale markets and, given the work of the AFME, the way in which MIFID 2 is already influencing the trend line. Continue reading…

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Corruption Perceptions Index released

25 February 2017

Transparency International has released its 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI ranks 176 countries and territories on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. The index aggregates a number of different sources, including the views of business people and country experts. Transparency International says the results show “the urgent need for committed action to thwart corruption”. The scoring system ranges from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) and, in the index, over two thirds of countries and territories scored below 50 with a global average of 43. More countries received worse scores than better scores compared to their performance in the previous CPI. Continue reading…

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Strong outlook with low inflation spurs risk-taking

20 September 2017

Something here Low inflation despite a stronger economic outlook helped push markets up in recent months and reduced the expected pace of tightening of monetary policy in major economies. Signs of increased risk-taking have become apparent in a number of areas, including narrow credit spreads, increased carry trade activity and looser bond covenants. Continue reading…

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Internet and high-tech startups are failing for the same reasons for 25 years

06 February 2017

While doing research and interviewing founders, co-founders and investors in Internet, high-tech and non-high tech start-ups and scale-ups for my new book in Dutch (see here) on start-ups and scale-ups, I realized that there were a lot of similarities between the first and the second Internet-bubble we seem to be experiencing now. One of the most interesting things is that start-ups and scale-ups seem to be ‘crashing’ for the same reasons for the last 25 years! From 1997 to 2001, I was working for ABN Amro Corporate IT Strategy and we were designing the new Internet-strategy for the Group. At the same time, all requests for funding (corporate venturing) and financing of Internet and other high tech ventures came to the Head Office to be reviewed. So we spoke with many large and small customers globally about their business plans and strategies. Continue reading…