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MiFID II — Impact on the EU’s Research and Trading Desks

The European Commission approved the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) in April last year, regulations that are slated for implementation by 3rd January, 2018.

The directive requires complete unbundling of research costs from trading commissions in order to ensure efficient market performance and transparency, with significant implications for inducement-related considerations among both buy-side and sell-side firms.

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Fixed Income & Credit Research Services

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KSA’s Petrochemical Earnings Improve in 2016, but Top Line Remains Muted

Lower oil prices coupled with weak global demand continued to weigh on the kingdom’s petrochemical sector in 2016. Gross margin expansion however, did support bottom-line growth.

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Petrochemical Industry Analysis

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Budget 2017–18: It is What You Make of It

Preponed, progressive, and pervasive, the Indian Government’s Budget had a few unexpected turns that could hint at things to come.

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Indian Budget Analysis

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What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Global Markets? — A Short and Long-term Overview

The world's waiting with baited breath to see how hawkish the Trump presidency will really be.

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Global Market Analysis

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Six Sectors That Could Boom During the Trump Administration

Here’s where to put your money if the Trump administration sticks to its guns.

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Investment Options during Trump Administration

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Chinese Crude Imports Driven by OPEC Debt, Not Local Demand

China’s insatiable thirst for crude oil imports isn’t due to a surge in consumption; it’s got more to do with a spot of luck that’s allowed the country to shore up its strategic petroleum reserves.

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Crude Oil Market Analysis

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Supplier Diversity – 3 Mistakes to Avoid While Identifying Spend Categories

Identifying right spend categories to source from Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise (MBWE) suppliers is a crucial element of a successful supplier diversity program. However, there are three basic mistakes we have seen organizations mostly make while figuring out what to purchase from whom. Make a note.

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Supplier Diversity Procurement Research Support

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Why Aren’t Negative Interest Rates Feasible For Developing Economies?

Developed nations are fast adopting the Negative Interest Rates to boost economic growth and shake off money-hoarding. The trickle-down effect of the slowdown in the developed world is impacting the developing economies.
Naturally, we ask, “Is the unconventional policy really feasible for the developing economies?”

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Negative Interest Rates Research

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Is the ECB Fuelling an Asset Bubble in the European Corporate Debt Market?

ECB maintains status quo; continues to blow a growing asset bubble.

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Eurozone Capital Market Research

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Emerging Markets’ Infrastructural Sector — At a Tipping Point

Global infrastructure sector continues to bear the brunt of constrained public budgets and lack of effective government and private partnerships that has led to inadequate investment and a disappointing growth. Consequently, the gap between the required and actual investment continues to widen. We believe, selective investment strategy in emerging markets will open door to plethora of investment opportunities in the sector.

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Infrastructural Sector

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Will Credit Growth Revive the Saudi Banking Sector?

As Saudi Arabia begins diversifying its economy in earnest, the banking sector is looking forward to some favourable tailwinds amid government reforms and favorable demographics.

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The Saudi Arabia Banking Sector Analysis

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Supplier Diversity — Are You Benchmarking Correctly?

An inability to determine the right parameters for success and not knowing the best performance benchmarks can easily derail even the most robust supplier diversity program. Benchmarking is your first step. Know what's the best way forward.

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Supplier Diversity Benchmarking

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EM Bond Markets – Thematic Relative Value Ideas for EM Credit Markets

Emerging market bond indices have been highly volatile over the past couple of months, mainly due to investor concerns over US elections, a UK slowdown, and weak Chinese data. A couple of defaults and instances of restructuring in markets like South Africa are some of the highlights on the short side of the spectrum.

While EM bond markets have recovered from their lows in December 2016, we believe concerns over rate hikes and currency volatility have led to investors adopting a cautious approach.

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Fixed Income Investment Research