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RBI defers Basel-III implementation by 3 months to April  

December 31, 2012
Mumbai: India will start implementing new global capital rules for banks, known as Basel III, from April 1, 2013, rather than the beginning of January, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Friday. It said this would align the introduction

Credit Risk Rises in Europe as Focus Stays on U.S. Budget Talks  

December 31, 2012
Credit risk rose in Europe as U.S. lawmakers arranged to meet as they seek to avoid more than $600 billion in spending cuts and tax gains that will start in January. The Markit iTraxx Crossover Index of credit-default swaps on 50 mostly

Basel III Highlights Counterparty Risk  

December 31, 2012
The new Basel III capital accord, a global regulatory standard for bank capital adequacy which kicks in from January 1, presents daunting challenges in the form of managing counterparty default risk. While banks are moving toward active

Regulatory Confirmations Likely to Speed Dodd-Frank Implementation  

December 26, 2012

Political squabbles on Capitol Hill and the tight presidential race put key confirmations on the backburner in 2012, but confirmed regulatory leaders will speed up progress on many fronts next year.


SEC Explains Credit Risk to Muni Investors  

December 26, 2012

Ever helpful, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is out with a note explaining credit risk to investors who might be freaked out about the recent selloff in municipal bonds. There’s only one problem: The selling has little to do with credit risk.


Higher Saudi Growth Spurs Sabic Credit Risk Drop: Arab Credit  

December 25, 2012

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC)’s credit risk is poised for the biggest monthly drop in almost a year as the world’s biggest petrochemicals maker by market value benefits from higher Saudi economic growth expectations.


A Christmas Wish: Fix Dodd-Frank (Just a Little)  

December 24, 2012

The election’s over and elections matter we’re told, albeit most of the denizens of Washington seem to have remained in their seats. The fiscal cliff awaits. We wait, with various levels of trepidation, for a workable compromise or, perhaps, to find out that life goes on regardless of what our elected leaders do. A bit of leadership, perhaps?


Dodd-Frank Swap Rules Delayed Six Months for Overseas Trades  

December 22, 2012

The largest Wall Street banks and foreign-based financial companies won a six-month delay in some swap regulations for overseas trades, even as they must begin registering with U.S. regulators by year-end.


Swaps ‘Armageddon’ Lingers as Dodd-Frank Concentrates Risk  

December 21, 2012

On a good day, 27-year-old Bobby Timberlake at CME Group Inc. in Chicago rounds up $2.5 billion from the world’s biggest traders and banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. to cover their losses in the $639 trillion derivatives markets.


Asia Credit Risk Rises From 19-Month Low, Default Swaps Show  

December 19, 2012

The cost of insuring corporate and sovereign bonds in Asia from non-payment rose after dipping to the lowest in 19 months yesterday, according to prices from credit-default swap traders and data provider CMA.

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