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Initiative to build up a combined EUR financial market inside the EUR area

July 8, 2014 by Magnus Lind

Reuters report: “Bankers and policymakers say capital markets union is seen as a logical step after the euro zone completes banking union. From November the European Central Bank will be the single supervisor for top lenders, raising questions about how fragmentation in equity and bond markets could also be reduced. Talk in Brussels suggests a capital…Full article

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  • The transition of power that changes the way international organizations are managed

    June 26, 2014 by Magnus Lind

    There is a transition of power from developed countries to emerging markets that changes the way international organizations are managed. Companies from developed countries many times will not be able to enforce the customs, rules and management styles from home any longer. On the contrary it creates a need for allowing more adjustments to local conditions…Full article

    April, May and June meetings: Corporate attitude to regulation is shifting

    June 1, 2014 by Magnus Lind

    When we discuss “regulation” we mean financial regulation such as EMIR, Dodd-Frank, Basel III, AML, KYC etc. The last couple of years, when we’ve done research in preparation for our roundtables, the most crucial topic has been to understand what the consequences are for us of all new regulation. We’ve also had the concern of…Full article

    Instant and cheap forex is here

    May 15, 2014 by Petri Kajander 1 comment so far

    Cryptocurrencies are here to stay. We are in the early days like Internet in 1994. Yet, the ideas and concepts are opening new vistas to many fields and industries. Former Goldman Sachs partner recently commented that all the smartest guys in the room have all turned their attention to Bitcoin. Venture capital luminaries such as…Full article

    The transformational collateral shift (for the corporate world)

    May 6, 2014 by Magnus Lind 3 comments so far

    Historically we’ve been used having to provide collateral when we wanted a loan to invest in a factory or borrow working capital for instance. The collateral could consist of a mortgage, a customer invoice, or securities. The banks demanded collateral from us to secure their lending to us. Since the financial crisis the banks hardly lend to…Full article

    Corporates expands into financial services

    April 21, 2014 by Magnus Lind

    The Internet is distributing powers to the consumers in industry after industry forcing dramatic change to current business models. Now the Internet is finally redesigning financial services, which Milton Friedman foresaw already in 1999 (!) according to this video (no endorsements to Bill Still and the Still Reports): It’s very exciting to now see how…Full article

    The disruptive force of cryptocurrencies is creating the “Internet of Money”

    April 2, 2014 by Magnus Lind

    The concept of cryptocurrencies, e.g. bitcoin, is breathtaking and most likely as disruptive as internet itself. It’s not the currencies in themselves, it’s the infrastructure they provide – a complete financial system. Recently I visited Istanbul to meet with leading companies to discuss the development of financial services and have a roundtable with Turkish treasurers…Full article

    KANTOX challenging the banks’ FX margins

    March 11, 2014 by Magnus Lind 2 comments so far

    The economic crisis has led to financial regulation pushing risks out from the banks to the wider economy. Do not expect the financial risks to disappear just because banks are restricted from taking risks. We still have international trade, which creates foreign exchange risk for instance. Many companies, especially the SMEs and Mid-caps, are looking…Full article

    Is increasing employment a true political will?

    March 4, 2014 by Magnus Lind

    There is no empirical evidence that over-regulation has any relation at all to financial stability or increase in employment. Last time we were over-regulated was in the 70-ties, when even the currency regime collapsed (Bretton Woods). What we know however is that when free markets are severely restricted through intrusive rules and regulation we’ll sooner…Full article

    Why EMIR is a corporate nightmare

    February 18, 2014 by Magnus Lind

    EMIR is short for the “European Market Infrastructure Regulation“. Now it’s perceived by many as the “European Mission Impossible Regulation“. Many corporates failed to implement on time at February 12, 2014. There were many reasons for this failure. Primarily there seems to be a lack of understanding of the conditions for non-financial companies, or “corporates”…Full article