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The real problem at Credit Suisse is an old-school one

Credit Suisse’s capital and liquidity position might be strong, but the degree of difficulty in restructuring a bloated business at a time of volatility is high. 

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  • James Thomson


M&A rainmakers hit a drought

The latest investment banking league tables confirm the global downturn in M&A, equity and debt capital markets, and leveraged finance. In Australia, the outlook is equally gloomy.

  • Tony Boyd

Mirae poaches VC investor to ramp up Australian portfolio

Korean bigwig Mirae Asset Management will have its chequebook out for Australian venture capital investments, after poaching OneVentures investment director James McGrath for its local investments team. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

Firstmac, Pepper defy UK forces to raise $2.5b via mortgage bond sales

The two non-bank lenders have priced new mortgage bond issues as UK pension funds continue to liquidate their holdings to raise cash.

  • Jonathan Shapiro

UK gilts chaos hits Magellan as institutions scramble for cash

The pain is not over yet for Magellan shareholders as fund redemptions accelerated by a total of $3.6 billion in September.

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  • Jonathan Shapiro

JPMorgan hits go on $1.76b Firstmac RMBS deal

Non-bank lender Firstmac’s out in the market seeking bond investors for a $1.76 billion RMBS deal, launching the deal after a week of marketing. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

REITs need a genuine focus on emissions reduction

Tenants will increasingly steer away from less sustainable buildings as they seek out energy cost savings.


by First Sentier Investors

Businesses in a race to commit to net zero

Net-zero promises are being integrated into management decisions and corporate disclosures, but whether these plans  paying off is not yet known.

  • Nina Hendy

Clean and green ETFs now a dominant force in market

ESG-themed ETFs are now universally popular with more than 30 listed on the ASX.

  • Tim Boreham

ESG reporting standards and rules need to speed up

The lack of a consistent framework presents a challenge for companies wanting to do the right thing.

  • Therese Raft

How much did Schebesta and Finder lose?

Finder Earn acts like an unsecured loan for clients of Fred Schebesta’s

  • Neil Chenoweth

Grubisa faces ATO liquidation bill, or yet another ban

Dominique Grubisa continues to follow the Donald Trump model of leadership of not admitting fault and simply ignoring the fake news haters.

  • Max Mason

Nest eggs join the net-zero push

A growing numbers of Australians are using  their superannuation funds to save the environment.

  • Nina Hendy

Young investors keen to go green, but they want a map

Young investors are keen to invest their funds ethically but they are also sceptical of claims made by businesses.

  • Lucy Dean

Value vs values battle raging despite ESG investing boom

Local investors are over-represented in the $50 trillion market for ethical, social and governance (ESG) investments, but their advisers remain sceptical.

  • Aleks Vickovich

Customers lose as banks, telcos pass buck on scams

NAB adopts a hardline stance against victims of sophisticated scams as telcos and banks are forced together to do more to protect customers.

  • Ayesha de Kretser

Green bonds go mainstream carrying $24 billion in wealth

Global growth has accelerated the flow of funds into green bonds, now considered a credible investment category.

  • Tim Boreham

Private equity building value through ESG

Private equity is going beyond its traditional focus on governance issues of businesses to look more closely at environmental and social factors.

  • Nicki Bourlioufas

Social impact is the soft underbelly of ESG investing

There is an increasing number of investment products that take into account social considerations or try to allocate capital for social good.

  • Christopher Niesche

ESG reshapes businesses for mums and dads

Many businesses like Ampol are realigning their sense of purpose to incorporate environmental, social and governance principles.

  • Alexandra Cain