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Sovereign environmental risk  

October 30, 2012
Until the global financial crisis erupted four years ago, sovereign bonds had traditionally been viewed as reliable virtually risk-free investments. Since then, they have looked far less safe. And many observers within and outside the financial sector have begun to question the models upon which credit-rating agencies, investment firms, and others rely to price the risks tied to such securities.

Credit Risk Falls in Europe as Earnings Outweigh Hurricane Woes  

October 30, 2012
Corporate credit risk fell for the first time in almost two weeks in Europe after BP Plc (BP/) and Deutsche Bank AG posted earnings that beat estimates, helping ease concerns Hurricane Sandy will damage the U.S. economy.

Q&A: BIS’s Cecchetti on Basel III and Banking Regulations  

October 30, 2012
Stephen Cecchetti, head of the monetary and economic department of the Bank for International Settlements, sat down with The Wall Street Journal in Frankfurt Tuesday to discuss the outlook for new Basel III bank regulations, the global banking system and his “glass-half-full” views on the world economy.

ABA expresses concern regarding impact of Basel III on mutual institutions’ ability to lend  

October 30, 2012
The American Bankers Association expressed concerns in a letter last week regarding the impact of Basel III rules on mutually chartered institutions. In a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the ABA said that the “mutual is one of, if not the only, hometown bank in a community,” adding that Basel III rules “introduce a level of volatility that is contrary to a business plan that focuses on the long term.”

Basel III Liquidity Rules May Kill Short-Term Deposit Market  

October 29, 2012
In December 2010, the Bank for International Settlements declared its intention to impose two new measures of liquidity for large financial institutions. "Both the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) and the Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) will be subject to an observation period and will include a review clause to address any unintended consequences," the BIS declared with its usual confidence.

Credit Risk Rises for 8th Day as Hurricane Stymies Europe Bonds  

October 29, 2012
Corporate credit risk jumped for an eighth day in Europe amid signs of renewed splits about how to solve the debt crisis, while the approach of Hurricane Sandy to the U.S. eastern seaboard stymied bond issuance.

U.S. Company Credit Swaps Pare Fall; RBC Sells Benchmark Bonds  

October 26, 2012
A gauge of U.S. corporate credit risk pared an earlier decline as orders for U.S. business equipment stalled in September and Apple Inc. forecast profit and revenue that fell short of analysts’ predictions for the holiday quarter.

Citigroup Productivity Worst of Big Banks Shows Challenge  

October 25, 2012
Michael Corbat, Citigroup Inc. (C)’s new chief executive officer, says he wants to run a more efficient bank. That means rousing or cutting one of Wall Street’s least productive workforces.

U.S. Corporate Credit Swaps Rise; Plains Exploration Plans Bonds  

October 24, 2012

A gauge of U.S. corporate credit risk rose to the highest in seven days after companies reported results that missed analyst estimates and as Spain’s economy contracted for a fifth quarter.


Banks Say Regulators Should Rewrite Basel III Capital Rules  

October 23, 2012
U.S. banks are protesting capital rules proposed by regulators to comply with international standards and have asked that rules for assessing risk in their assets be replaced with something easier to follow.
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