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High lending to government: banks' solvency 'susceptible' to sovereign credit risk  

February 28, 2012
Moody's Investors Service - an international credit rating agency, has said "the Pakistani banks' high and increasing credit exposure to the government renders the banking system's solvency increasingly susceptible to sovereign credit risk.

Not What Paul Volcker Had in Mind  

February 27, 2012
The Volcker rule, a crucial provision of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, is supposed to stop banks from doing the sort of risky trading that was one of the big causes of the financial meltdown.

Europe urged to restore market confidence  

February 24, 2012
Agustín Carstens, Mexico’s top central banker, urged European governments on Friday to adopt urgent measures aimed at restoring confidence in markets.

ICBC Vice President: Emerging Markets, China Need Developed Capital Markets  

February 24, 2012

Emerging markets and China need developed capital markets to help build a stable financial system, a senior Chinese banker said Friday.


Brazil Banks May Tap Debt Market Ahead Of Basel III Rules  

February 24, 2012
Although Brazilian banks are well positioned to implement strict norms imposed by new international rules for liquidity under the Basel III accords, many local banks may tap the international debt market to assure Tier I capital ahead of the January 2013 local kick-off date.

RBI releases draft guidelines for Basel III norms  

February 22, 2012
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday released draft guidelines related to the Basel III norms, an international accounting standard for banks.

Draft Basel III provisions cushion liquidity shocks  

February 21, 2012
To help banks tide over liquidity shocks, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today came out with draft Basel III guidelines under which lenders will have to maintain a minimum amount of assets that can be encashed fast, and set up mechanisms to monitor risks.

Greek Crisis Raises New Fears Over Credit-Default Swaps  

February 21, 2012
Greece’s debt restructuring is dragging credit-default swaps back into the spotlight.

Liquidity-Versus-Capital Debate Divides Stanford: Simon Johnson  

February 20, 2012
Top researchers at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business are taking diametrically opposing views on the Volcker rule, one of the most important issues in financial reform. The sharp distinctions can be seen in their public comments to U.S. bank regulators writing the rule, the part of the Dodd-Frank law that restricts proprietary trading by very large banks.

Dodd-Frank’s complexity conundrum: Heads I win, tails you lose  

February 19, 2012
The Economist is not a fan of Dodd-Frank. The magazine’s latest complaints are familiar ones: the law is too bloated, impossibly complex, and burdensome to both banks and the economy at large. But the Economist also admits that it’s not just federal officials who are responsible for making the law so cumbersome: the financial firms being regulated have pushed for exemptions and reforms that have, in the process, also made Dodd-Frank more complex.
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