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  • Report
  • March, 2010
  • Investment Banking and Capital Markets Report, Fourth Quarter 2009
  • Alenka Grealish, Robert Grübner, Shubh Saumya, Achim Schwetlick, Chandy Chandrashekhar, Tjun Tang
  • The investment banking industry staged a strong comeback in 2009. Net revenues (before write-downs) jumped nearly 50 percent to $311 billion, up from $213 billion in 2008. The recovery was fueled by trading revenues, particularly in fixed income. The surge in revenues, coupled with cost controls, resulted in a profit margin of 24 percent (the profit margin in 2006, by comparison, was 22 percent). The comeback is expected to lose steam in 2010, however, as markets continue to normalize.
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  • Report
  • March, 2010
  • The Mobility Manifesto: A report on cost-effective ways to achieve greater social mobility through education, based on work by the Boston Consulting Group
  • Ian Walsh
  • Failing to improve low levels of social mobility will cost the UK economy up to £140 billion a year by 2050—or an additional 4% of Gross Domestic Product—according to the latest report from the Sutton Trust.

    The analysis, undertaken by the Boston Consulting Group, suggests that the UK's economy would see cumulative losses of up to £1.3 trillion in GDP over the next 40 years if we fail to bring the educational outcomes of children from poorer homes up to the UK average.

    Read the report (PDF) on the Sutton Trust Web site PDF

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  • White Paper
  • March, 2010
  • Building a High-Powered Branch Network in Retail Banking
  • Ian Walsh, Patrick Forth, Steve Thogmartin, Jeanne Bickford, Laurent Desmangles, Kilian Berz
  • The Great Recession of the past two years has created unprecedented challenges for retail-banking branch networks. In many markets, regulatory moves are pressuring fees, with unfavorable deposit spreads and poor consumer-credit quality compounding the difficulties. Branch-driven revenue growth is becoming harder to achieve. Yet branches remain the primary driver of market share for consumer and small-business relationships, as well as the anchor channel for retaining high-value customers. Banks need a clear strategy to raise branch-network performance to the next level.
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