arclays posted robust first-half results last Thursday, earning nearly $8.1 billion, up 12% from last year's first half, and citing its investment banking division as one of the drivers. Grant Kvalheim, co-president of Barclays Capital and head of investment banking, spoke with IDD about those results, and more.

You had record results for the first half of 2007. Could you talk about the bank's strengths?

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