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We believe Europe needs bigger and better capital markets to kickstart its recovery – and that this represents a huge opportunity for the industry and its customers to rethink capital markets.

‘The Bank That Lived a Little: Barclays in the Age of the Very Free Market’ – dinner with Philip Augar

February 2019 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

This event’s focus will be Philip’s fascinating recent book ‘The Bank That Lived a Little: Barclays in the Age of the Very Free Market’. The book is a parable of global finance and markets over the past 40 years as viewed through the lens of the transformation of Barclays from the 1980s onwards from a UK […]

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The purpose of stock exchanges

January 2019 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

A high-level dinner to discuss the working draft of our upcoming paper on ‘The purpose of stock exchanges’. The paper tries to reconcile the huge increases in liquidity and efficiency of equity markets over the past few decades with a structural decline in new issuance and the number of listed companies – and includes some […]

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Report: the New Financial global capital markets growth index

January 2019 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright, Panagiotis Asimakopoulos & Eivind Friis Hamre

Our unique index analyses the size, depth and growth potential of capital markets in 60 countries around the world across 25 different sectors of activity. It shows that capital markets in the US are by far the largest in the world today and are nearly twice the size of markets in Asia and Europe. But capital markets in Asia and emerging markets are catching up fast – and are set to dominate the potential growth in global capital markets in the coming decade.

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‘Adam Smith: what he thought and why it matters’ – breakfast with Jesse Norman MP

December 2018 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

This event’s focus will be Jesse Norman’s fascinating recent book on ‘Adam Smith: what he thought and why it matters’. In the context of debate over the ‘crisis of capitalism’, this will be one of the most interesting and challenging discussions that we host this year and we have invited a senior and wide-ranging audience […]

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‘The impact of capital markets on people’s everyday lives’ – breakfast with Jes Staley

December 2018 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

Jes Staley, group chief executive at Barclays, will discuss the implications of our recent report on The Impact of Capital Markets on People’s Everyday Lives, as viewed through the lens of the economy of the North West of England (in case you missed it, you can download the report here).  Jes will talk about why politicians, […]

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Report: the size, depth & growth opportunity in EU capital markets

March 2018 • Ecommerce reports • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright & Panagiotis Asimakopoulos

Most sectors of the capital markets in the EU have shrunk relative to the size of the economy over the past decade – and the gap in the depth of capital markets with the US has widened. This report highlights the urgent need for action to boost capital markets in the EU – particularly after Brexit – but shows that there is a huge growth opportunity for capital markets in Europe.

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A New Year rehab programme for the City of London

January 2018 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright

The recent attack on the City by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – and the public comments by a bank chief executive on bankers’ bonuses and populism – show that 10 years on from the financial there are few signs of mistrust and anger with the industry going away. If the industry wants to bridge the gap with the rest of society it should start by talking about itself in a different way.

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Report: a decade of change in capital markets

October 2017 • Ecommerce reports • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright & Panagiotis Asimakopoulos

The shadow of the financial crisis has dominated the banking and finance industry for nearly a decade. This report measures the concrete impact of the crisis on 16 sectors of the capital markets industry – from investment banks and asset managers, to exchanges, trading volumes and regulation – and highlights which sectors have suffered, which have weathered the storm, and which have flourished.

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CMU 2.0: what next for capital markets union?

July 2017 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright

Capital markets union, the EU’s flagship initiative to boost capital markets in Europe and reduce the economy’s reliance on bank lending is three years old. This report analyses the progress so far, the impact of Brexit, and the shift in direction in CMU 2.0, (the revised version of the project that was published last month) – and suggests some more radical longer-term measures to build bigger and better capital markets in Europe.

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Report on ‘What have the capital markets ever done for us? And how could they do it better?’

March 2017 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright

To people who work in and around the financial industry it is self-evident that capital markets play a vital role in channelling investment into the economy to help drive growth and prosperity. But to most people outside of the industry, what capital markets do and the value of what they provide is less obvious, particularly given the shadow of the financial crisis. This report aims to address that disconnect.

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Launch of ‘What have the capital markets ever done for us? And how could they do it better?’ – PR & comms

March 2017 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

‘But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health – what have the Romans ever done for us?’ Monty Python – Life of Brian This event is part of a series of launch events for senior executives, policy and regulation specialists, and PR & comms, to […]

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Launch of ‘What have the capital markets ever done for us? And how can they do it better?’

February 2017 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

‘But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health – what have the Romans ever done for us?’ Monty Python – Life of Brian This event is the first in a series of launch events for senior executives, policy and regulation specialists, and PR & […]

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The challenges for financial markets – summary of a speech by Sir Jon Cunliffe, deputy governor of the Bank of England

December 2016 • Rebuilding trustby Panos Asimakopoulos

Financial markets have grown rapidly over the past few decades boosted by globalisation and the revolution in IT. This growth has been accompanied by increased concentration, with economies of scale, lower costs and greater efficiency, creating larger clusters and financial centres. But somewhere along the way the connection between financial markets and society has been lost: rebuilding trust in banking and finance and dealing with the UK’s exit from the European Union will be the main challenges for the industry for many years to come.

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What does the City want from Brexit? And what can it reasonably expect? – dinner with Lord Bridges of Headley

November 2016 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

The City of London and the wider capital markets industry has a long shopping list of what it wants from Brexit. It is less clear on what it can reasonably expect, given the competing political imperatives in the UK and the rest of the EU. At this private dinner for senior executives and policymakers, Lord […]

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Report on ‘The benefits of capital markets to high potential EU economies’

November 2016 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright

Capital markets have made remarkable progress from a standing start in Central and Eastern Europe over the past 25 years. This report, published in collaboration with AFME, shows that there is a huge opportunity for further growth: deeper capital markets in the region could unlock more than €200bn in long-term capital, deliver more than €40bn a year in extra funding for companies, and help restore rapid economic growth

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The future of UK regulation post-Brexit – dinner with Andrew Bailey, Financial Conduct Authority

October 2016 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

In the wake of the referendum the framework for UK and EU-wide financial regulation faces huge uncertainty. Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, said before the referendum that he did not expect there to ‘a bonfire of regulation’ whatever the outcome. At this dinner he will outline his views on the future […]

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Report on ‘What do EU capital markets look like post-Brexit?

September 2016 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright

The latest report from New Financial puts some hard numbers for the first time on where capital markets in the rest of the EU stand without the UK. While capital markets in the EU27 are significantly smaller and less developed than in the EU as a whole, the report shows that there is a huge opportunity for the economy and for the capital markets industry in developing deeper capital markets in the EU beyond Brexit.

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Beyond Brexit: what next for European capital markets? (1)

July 2016 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

So, Brexit it is. And as Theresa May has said, ‘Brexit means Brexit’. However, Brexit will mean very different things for different sectors of the capital markets and to different firms within those sectors. The latest event in our policy breakfast series will bring together different sectors of the capital markets to discuss how Brexit will […]

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Post-Brexit, it’s even more important to make the positive case for capital markets

July 2016 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright

The outcome of the EU referendum campaign showed that the banking and finance industry has a long way to go in rebuilding trust with the wider public and with policymakers. This speech by our founder and managing director William Wright on ‘Making the positive case for capital markets’ at the annual dinner of the Institutional Money Market […]

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Beyond Brexit: what happens next for European capital markets?

June 2016 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright

The decision by the British people to leave the European Union will have a profound effect on capital markets in Europe. This short paper summarises the main challenges and questions ahead for the capital markets industry in the wake of Brexit, based on peer intelligence from events that we have hosted over the past few months and discussions with European Commission officials, senior market participants and policymakers. The main trade-offs are between access to the single market, free movement of people, and the regulatory framework.

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The impact of Brexit on capital markets – dinner with Jonathan Faull, European Commission

May 2016 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

Jonathan is head of the European Commission’s Task Force for Strategic Issues related to the UK Referendum. Having spent more than 30 years at the Commission, including being head of the financial stability and financial services division, and justice and home affairs, it’s hard to think of anyone who knows more than Jonathan about how […]

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How capital markets can help drive growth in Europe – dinner with Olivier Guersent, European Commission

May 2016 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

Since the financial crisis the European Commission has launched more than 40 significant reforms of banking and finance in Europe. As the fallout from the crisis begins to settle, the industry and the Commission are keen to reflect on the future framework of capital markets. This private dinner for senior executives from across the capital markets will […]

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The impact of Brexit on capital markets – PR and comms perspective

May 2016 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

This breakfast workshop will discuss the PR and communications implications of the potential impact of Brexit on capital markets in Europe based on our recent report ‘The potential impact of Brexit on European capital markets‘ The report, which is based on in-depth interviews with 25 different market participants across the capital markets, shows pretty unequivocally that […]

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The impact of Brexit on capital markets – policy breakfast

May 2016 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

This breakfast workshop will discuss the policy and regulatory implications of the potential impact of Brexit on capital markets in Europe based on our recent report ‘The potential impact of Brexit on European capital markets‘ The report, which is based on in-depth interviews with 25 different market participants across the capital markets, shows pretty unequivocally […]

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Report on ‘The potential impact of Brexit on European capital markets’

April 2016 • Unlocking capital marketsby William Wright

Capital markets across Europe would be significantly disrupted if the UK votes to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23rd. This would create uncertainty, complexity and increased cost for market participants and their customers in the UK and the rest of the EU – according to our in-depth qualitative survey of the views of market participants from different sectors of the capital markets.

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How (not) to talk about Brexit – PR & comms breakfast

April 2016 • Event • Unlocking capital marketsby New Financial

The EU referendum on 23 June and potential Brexit is one of the most important and politically-charged issues facing the financial services industry in the UK and Europe. This breakfast for senior PR and communications professionals will focus not on the case for Remain or for Leave, but on the communications aspects of the Brexit […]

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