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Foundation Grameen Crédit Agricole

In a new activity report, the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation noted a 27% increase in the number of its partners year-on-year in 2013. It also expanded into three new countries: Cameroon, Zambia and Palestine. This confirms the Foundation’s innovative positioning in service to local microfinance players.

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CACEIS supports the research 

In a piece of news publication EDHEC-Risk Institute encourages institutional investors to estimate better the degree of diversification of their portfolios.  

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Market review 

Alain Pitous, Deputy Chief Investment officier of Amundi Group 

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ECONOMY IN BRIEF

Divergence and dissonance

The fact that things seem to be normalising in the US is not just a piece of luck. It is very probably the consequence of a series of past initiatives that have begun to bear fruit. In Europe, the situation remains confused.

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KEY FIGURES

€2.65 Bn

in guaranteed debt securities were issued for the first time Friday by a company specialising in debt securitisation. The firm was jointly created by five French banks: BNP Paribas, BPCE, Crédit Agricole, HSBC France and Société Générale. The securities are backed by loans to SMEs and mid-tier companies. Securitisation is the process of converting corporate debt into marketable securities. It fell into disrepute during the US subprime crisis, but now the Banque de France and the ECB want to promote the technique.

INSIGHT

ECB previews next month's decision

By saying yesterday that the Governing Council was “comfortable” with acting next month, Draghi likely trapped the ECB into further easing in June. The other change in communication came from stronger rhetoric with respect to FX risks in the context of low inflation.

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ANALYSIS

What currency for independent Scotland?

The Scottish people will be asked whether Scotland should be an independent country in September. One of the main concerns in the event of independence would be uncertainty over currency arrangements between Scotland, the United Kingdom and the European Union, if Scotland asks membership. 

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