Antony Currie has more than a decade of experience as a financial journalist, having worked with Euromoney since 1996, most recently as a U.S. editor. He has worked on assignments in the major financial centres of Europe and the US and written stories on capital markets, global economies and the investment banking industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in German language and literature and a master's degree in politics and international relations from the University of Bristol.
Hopes of more M&A among the nation’s 5,000 lenders have put high valuations on even ho-hum targets. So buyers often can’t avoid the cardinal sin of diluting book value, even if cost cuts outweigh any premium. A Texas bank’s $2.1 bln takeover of a smaller rival is the latest case.
A lone U.S. regulator says finance-sector losses from global warming could rival last decade’s meltdown. It’s one way to get the attention of Washington’s skeptics. A new report suggests profitable opportunities outweigh the risks two-to-one. That’s a more appealing argument.
Assessing environmental, social and governance risks is the hot topic in asset management. Support from politicians, millennials and fund houses, along with high-profile votes like those at Amazon and BP, should boost the $1 trln asset class. But success could create problems.