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Canadian banks enjoy growth in capital markets revenues: Fitch

first_img SPAC deals reach record levels: Refinitiv Capital markets, robust recovery drive strong Q1 for Wall Street Keywords Investment banking Related news James Langton By comparison, the large U.S. firms (including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) saw combined capital market segment revenue drop 5.9% year-over-year, to US$28.7 billion. The Canadian banks’ results benefited from a revenue mix with less exposure than the U.S. firms to the fixed income currencies and commodities (FICC) business, which is shrinking, Fitch suggests. And, it notes that they also benefited from improvements in advisory revenues. RBC, which is the bank that has made the most pronounced expansion effort in global capital markets, had the strongest gain, with revenues up 20% in its overall capital markets segment. This was driven by a 31% advance across its FICC, equities and repo businesses. The FICC component represents just 28% of total capital market revenues for RBC, Fitch notes, whereas the large U.S. firms are more exposed to this segment. And, the large U.S. firms are more exposed to capital markets overall. For example, Fitch says that RBC’s capital markets revenues were 23% of overall revenue for the second quarter; and that this exposure ranges from between 17% at Scotia to 24% at BMO. For the large U.S. firms, the range is from 25% to over two-thirds of total revenues. One potential issue Fitch flags for the banks is the prospect of rising credit risk. It notes that credit risk in capital market activities can grow as activity increases, especially in trading. And, it says that lending activities are also becoming a larger component of the Canadian banks’ capital markets revenues, “potentially further increasing credit risk in these segments over time. As such, growth in capital markets revenues relative to overall revenues has the potential to constrain ratings.”center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Wall Street’s major firms saw their capital markets revenues decline in the second quarter, but the Canadian banks reported solid results from those businesses, Fitch Ratings says in a new report. The rating agency reports that the four Canadian banks that report capital markets segments — Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Royal Bank of Canada, and Bank of Nova Scotia — reported collective capital market segment revenues of $4.4 billion, which was up 14.4% over the same period in 2013. And, it notes that each of the Canadian banks reported year-over-year growth. Wall Street’s prospects solid for 2021: Moody’s Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Phil & Terry battle for the Monthly Medals

first_imgIPGC golf from The HavenMonday, August 26, Mountain Shadow – StablefordCSS 721st Trevor Schirmer (13) 41pts2nd Al Rolnik (19) 39pts 3rd Hal Hart (19) 35pts4th Ben Jackson (15) 34pts5th Peter Koha (20) 31pts Under overcast but dry skies the week got off to a good start at the tricky Mountain Shadow layout that had originally been designed for players with 15 handicaps or less.  Although this is one of the shortest courses on the circuit it usually proves to be one of the most testing with its narrow fairways and extremely difficult greens.  It would appear however to hold little fear for at least some of the regulars as the scores turned out to be the best of the week, with even the fourth placed player outscoring the winners of the other two days.Ben Jackson.Trevor Schirmer took the top spot to dent Al Rolnik’s hopes for a long awaited win after they both returned their best scores for over two years, with Trevor proving the toughest over the front nine and ending the day two points better.Hal Hart continues to solidify his handicap level as he returned a one over handicap score to claim third spot just one ahead of Ben Jackson in fourth, with Peter Koha another three behind him for the last podium placement.As is fairly usual at Mountain Shadow, due to the severity of the par threes, there were no 2’s in the second division but very surprisingly there were three in the first division with Phil Groves, Ben Jackson and Trevor Schirmer all having one each.Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Alwyne Burley, whose score for the day had been badly affected by his strained shoulder occasioned after carrying back some 112 tins of Heinz baked beans and 8 kilos of Vegemite from Oz.  At least Hal Hart was glad to see his return, having lost six and half kilos in the two weeks that Alwyne had been absent having had to forego his lobster diet and subsist on mostly dry bread filled with the odd chip or two.There was also a welcome back for Mike Hill and a farewell for Toshihiko Aoki.Wednesday, August 28, Crystal Bay A & B – StablefordCSS 75 NC1st Ben Jackson (15) 33pts2nd Phil Groves (8) 33pts3rd Don Everett (19) 32pts4th Trevor Schirmer (13) 32pts5th Ian Tanner (20) 30ptsPhil Groves.After the successes of the previous outing there were many high hopes of an even better day at the always easier Crystal Bay where the A and B courses were the challenge.  But even with a ‘lift and place’ in the fairway ruling for the day, scoring was at a premium with the best being some eight shots more than Monday’s event.Some of the difference could be attributed to the wetness of the course, which affected the distance attained from the shots from the tee, but the pin placements were also a factor with hardly a one that could have been regarded as medium difficulty.Ben Jackson used all his available power to muscle the ball round and finished in first place after winning a count back over Phil Groves with a better 20 to 17 after a quiet opening nine, as Phil unfortunately put one in the water off tee on the par 5 seventeenth to finish with a scratch for the hole.Don Everett also had to win a count back, which he did with a better 17 to 16, to push Trevor Schirmer down to fourth and claim third place for himself.Ian Tanner took a little to long to warm up after an expansive supper the previous evening but a 21 point back nine saw him slip onto the last place on the day’s podium.Terry Hodgkiss.Once again there were no 2’s in either division as the green keeper had decided that the par threes were playing a little short and therefore sited the white tees on the blues positions for the day, which also contributed to the scores spiraling upwards.Back at The Haven there were farewells for Peter Koha, Ben Jackson and Ian Tanner who had all had some sort of success during their trip from Perth, with Ben taking the trophy for the best eclectic results, and all vowed to return a.s.a.p.Friday, August 30, Treasure Hill – Monthly MedalsCSS 74 NCDivision 11st Phil Groves (8) net 782nd Allen Raaen (8) net 783rd Mike Dabanovich (13) net 794th Jon Batty (8) net 80Division 21st Terry Hodgkiss (23) net 792nd Mike Hill (20) net 813rd Bruce Hilde (17) net 824th Don Everett (19) net 82Trevor Schirmer.With Phoenix still off the schedule due to contractual difficulties, the month’s medals had been scheduled for Treasure Hill which is never one of the easier courses, even when playing stableford.  The degree of difficulty rises dramatically when the format is stroke play with the added pressure of the Monthly Medal at stake and one of the few chances to qualify for the year end Gold and Silver Medal competitions.Phil Groves was once again involved in a count back for the top spot of the day and won it this time, carding a better 37 to 38 to win his first Medal of the year and become the seventh contender in the first division for the end of year playoffs.  This left Allen Raaen, for once, not at the top of the list and having to settle for second place.Mike Dabanovich could have, should have, would have won his first Medal if he had only managed a double bogey on the 18th, but an inelegant quadruple bogey consigned him down to third spot, with Jon Batty a close fourth another one back.Terry Hodgkiss also won his first Medal since June 2012 to become the ninth different winner in the second division this year after a difficult day made more trying by carrying the burden of a badly strained back.  So a very good result in the circumstances as he finished strongly to beat off the challenge of playing partners Mike Hill, who took second place two further back, and Don Everett in fourth another one more behind him.Sandwiched in between Mike and Don was Bruce Hilde who won a count back for third with a better 39 to 39 over the inward half.Once again there were no 2’s in either divisionPrior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Robert Moose and a welcome back for Mark Ward.Note:  If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to The Haven Hotel, at 185 Soi 13, between Beach Road and 2nd Road.  All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.15 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at read more

#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Chanel Jackson

first_imgWe Know Next is finding and interviewing HR Motivators at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Below is a Q&A with HR Young professional Chanel Jackson.Q.  What book are you reading right now?A. “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit” of Less by Greg McKeown.  As an HR professional you always feel the need to respond to so many people and you find yourself so stretched that you’re not effective. This book helps you to identify and focus on your top priorities to be more productive.   Q. What advice would you give other leaders about employee engagement?A. Stick to what employees want! Some companies do a great job of surveying and understanding the voice of the employee while others decide to create their own hypothesis of what employees want or need to foster engagement.Q. What qualities do you think are most important for strong leadership?A. Strong leadership requires trust, great listening skills, the ability to plan, execute and effectively communicate what is or will be happeningin a group or organization.Q. What advice would you give to people who would like to work in the HR profession?A. HR is a selfless profession; however, it is no longer just for the “people person(s)”. Decisions, whether comfortable or uncomfortable, should move the company forward while balancing the needs of the employees. It’s a three-legged race, but with many many legs! Chanel Jackson works in Talent Management for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio. You can find her on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Working Without Fear

first_imgMolly Fletcher knows a thing or two about being a game changer. She spent two decades as one of the world’s few female sports agents, working with hundreds of athletes, coaches and media personalities, before founding her own company in 2010. An athlete herself, she played varsity tennis at Michigan State University, where her experience instilled in her many habits that have kept her at the top of her game: discipline, resiliency, passion and teamwork.”There are so many parallels between the challenges and lessons I learned in the sports world and those that we face in the business world,” says Fletcher, CEO of The Molly Fletcher Co. and the opening general session speaker at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition taking place April 24-26 in Chicago.One of those parallels is the notion that our fears hold us back from being our best.In her latest book, Fearless at Work: Achieve Your Potential by Transforming Small Moments into Big Outcomes (McGraw-Hill Education, 2017), Fletcher provides play-by-play insights and field-tested strategies that show how to:– Trade self-defeating attitudes and self-imposed hurdles for a new outlook rooted in a sense of purpose and mission.– Defeat toxic thinking and push beyond your comfort zone to embrace new challenges and achieve your stretch goals.– Prepare to seize the moment when opportunity presents itself.– Shrug off the fear of failure and stop worrying about what other people think.She describes five habits, which she calls the “five trades,” that she says will give you insights into how to make small changes in your thinking and behavior to achieve more success and fulfillment.Her five fundamentals:– Trade defensiveness for curiosity. Defensiveness doesn’t help anyone move to a better place in life. It communicates that you don’t want or need support. You’re telling people you’d rather go on without them. Let down your guard. Ask “what if?” to elicit more information and to make room for positive energy and growth.– Trade the old story for a new story. Fear is a story we tell ourselves. Our fear is all about the but.”I would have spent more time doing what I love, but …” What if we traded all the buts for a new story of who, what, where, when, why and how we most want to be? Trading your old story for a better one is a fundamental act of fearlessness.– Trade bad stress for good stress. Don’t you love it when you get a second wind? A second wind can be the product of trading bad stress for good stress. But how do you pass from the familiar bad stress to the second wind? One way is by being intentional. That means getting clear and focused on what you need to be doing in the moment– Trade words for action. Thinking and talking about what makes us different and special is an important part of the process, but once we have a consensus on how, the way we are going to move forward is by taking action. Also, remember that how and what don’t matter without understanding why.– Trade comfort for clarity. Fear and comfort often go hand in hand. Comfort can signal that you don’t want to change, even when the change could make you happier. Choosing clarity involves work. It means collecting and sifting through practical advice. When you gather facts, you can better detour around your fears.”It takes awareness, it takes work, and it takes determination—but in the end, conquering your fear is a choice,” Fletcher writes. Desda Moss is managing editor of HR Magazine.last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, May 15 2011

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Events Guide#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsorscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Want to get your event included in the calendar? Let us know in the comments below or email us.last_img