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Australia’s Macquarie sees soft Q1 trading conditions as inflation hurts

The logo of Australia’s biggest investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd adorns a desk in the reception area of ​​its Sydney office headquarters in Australia, Oct. 28, 2016. REUTERS/David Gray

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July 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s Macquarie Group (MQG.AX) said on Thursday trading conditions softened amid rising inflation and fears of a recession, although volatility in gas and energy markets helped drive small gains in its markets-facing businesses.

The financial conglomerate, which does not disclose profit figures in quarterly updates, said considering the current economic backdrop, it was maintaining a cautious stance and adopting a conservative approach to capital, funding and liquidity.

The Sydney-based firm benefited from a rally in oil and natural gas prices as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine tightened an already under-supplied market in the recent past. However, the energy market is starting to shed some of those gains as fears

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Sustainable business and finance: How to rewire the finance industry towards a zero carbon future

The thorny issue of fossil fuel financing is grabbing headlines as stakeholders look for evidence of the reliability of banks’ net zero commitments. Photo / Supplied

The thorny issue of fossil fuel financing is grabbing headlines as stakeholders look for evidence of the reliability of banks’ net zero commitments.

The war in Ukraine — an immense human tragedy — has thrown into sharp relief the need for a secure and reliable energy supply.

Meanwhile, the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are a grim reminder we will likely reach 1.5C of global warming in the 2030s.

With today’s double global crisis of energy security and climate change, it’s human nature to face off the one that is right in front of us. How is it possible to roll off Russian oil and gas without investing in new fossil fuel capacity elsewhere; and how do we marry

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Yale Summer School in Behavioral Finance Draws Students from Across the US and Europe

About 50 students from universities across the United States and Europe gathered at the Yale School of Management for the 2022 Yale Summer School in Behavioral Finance from June 13 to 17.

The one-week program is an intensive PhD course in behavioral finance led by the Yale SOM faculty members who are leading practitioners in this growing field. Held every two years, the program draws PhD students in finance and economics.

“This is the seventh Summer School we’ve held, and we’re delighted that it’s become a marquee event in the academic finance world,” said organizer Nicholas Barberis, the Stephen and Camille Schramm Professor of Finance. “More than 300 students have taken part in this program over the years, and many of them have gone on to do excellent research of their own in the field.”

In addition to Barberis, this year’s faculty from Yale SOM included Kelly Shue (above)

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Business worries mount that Macron’s reform push will stall

In the sumptuous palace of Versailles, President Emmanuel Macron this week hosted 180 bosses of multinationals such as Disney, Siemens and JPMorgan at his annual Choose France summit at wooing foreign investment.

The confab has come to symbolize how Macron, a former investment banker, has sought to make France more business friendly since his 2017 election by cutting corporate taxes, making it easier to hire and fire workers, and simplifying regulations.

But as his second term starts, the president who declared he wanted France to shed its tax-heavy, statist reputation to become a “start-up nation” has a weakened political hand after losing his parliamentary majority. Faced with emboldened far-left and far-right parties, no longer will he be able to push through economic reforms largely unobstructed.

The economic outlook is also trickier because inflation, which is running at about 6 per cent, is hitting consumers and businesses, just as the

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Evan Berman Joins Ropes & Gray in New York, Growing the Firm’s Securitization Practice

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Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced that Evan Berman has joined the firm as counsel, based in the firm’s 500-lawyer New York office. Evan brings extensive securitization finance experience and will help build out the firm’s market-leading whole-business securitization platform.

Evan has counseled prominent franchisors including Dunkin’, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Arby’s, Wingstop and Jimmy John’s, their private equity sponsors, and investment banks in over $10 billion of whole-business securitizations. Evan has extensive experience in many other types of securitizations as well. For instance, he represented (i) the initial purchasers in connection with the issuance of $500 million of securitized notes backed by revenues from the Miramax film library, in the first film securitization closed since the financial crisis, (ii) the US Treasury as note purchaser in a $1.5 billion retail installment contract securitization for Chrysler as part of

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