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Esma’s Maijoor calls for swift resolution to Mifid uncertainty  

December 17, 2015

Europe’s top markets supervisor has urged Brussels to move swiftly to set a new timetable for rolling out a landmark overhaul of trading rules after policymakers conceded that a planned January 2017 “Big Bang” is logistically impossible. 


2016 – dismantling risk governance silos  

December 17, 2015

If 2015 is to be remembered as the year regulators challenged boards to demonstrate their strong governance over their risk management, 2016 promises something just as important. In fact, 2016 will arguably be a truly momentous year in the world of non-financial risk as it could well become the year that risk governance silos are finally dismantled.


The European Commission’s Interesting Decision on CDS  

December 17, 2015

Recently the European Commission (EC) published a press release announcing the closure of antitrust proceedings under art. 101 of the Treaty for the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) against 13 investment banks involved into its investigations on the restriction of competition in the credit default swap (CDS) market.


Bank of England warns EU bonus cap has increased risk of instability in the financial sector  

December 17, 2015

The EU bonus cap has increased the risk of instability in the financial sector, Bank of England researchers said yesterday. Chancellor George Osborne is being urged to press the EU on removing rules capping bankers’ bonuses after the Bank called the policy “counterproductive”.


Rising credit risk threatens U.S. financial stability: federal monitor  

December 17, 2015

Businesses around the world have been ravenously borrowing in recent years and elevating credit risk to a level that could be hazardous to the health of the U.S. financial system, according to a report released on Tuesday by the federal office monitoring the country's financial stability.


Third Avenue Management ripples hit global credit, bond risk soars  

December 15, 2015

Measures of bond risk surged worldwide amid concern that investors may face more losses in the roiling debt markets after Third Avenue Management froze redemptions from a high-yield fund and London-based Lucidus Capital Partners liquidated its entire portfolio.


US Buyside Prepares for MiFID II  

December 15, 2015

US investment firms are reviewing their best execution policies as a result of MiFID II, the new rules covering financial markets in Europe, despite not being directly overseen by a European regulator.


Bond Funds Are On Their Own  

December 15, 2015

“Sorry, the trader just stepped away,” is a Wall Street cliché sometimes used to describe the tendency of broker-dealers to conveniently disappear from their desks during times of market stress.


Banks Taking On More Credit Risk, OCC Says  

December 14, 2015

Banks took on more credit risk and eased their underwriting standards between 2013 and this year, reflecting broad trends similar to those in the years leading up to the 2007-08 financial crisis, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.


China's banks that need over US$600b in new debt go abroad  

December 10, 2015

Chinese banks, already the largest issuers of bonds to build capital buffers, are looking beyond the savings of the nation's 1.4 billion people for more funds as they grapple with mounting bad loans.

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