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Haldane calls for rethink of Basel III  

August 31, 2012

Bank regulators should tear up the overly complicated Basel III rule book and return to a few simple standards on capital and total borrowing, a senior Bank of England official has said.


Moronic Study Forced Upon SEC By Dodd-Frank Yields Meaningless 212 Page Report  

August 31, 2012

Okay, so, did you get that? The SEC just spent about two years producing a 200-plus-pages report as part of a study by its staff but the SEC expresses “no view regarding the analysis, findings, or conclusions contained herein.” Now there’s a vote of confidence. It’s also a far more comical punchline than anything that I could think up. Only in government would an agency invest the time and resources to pursue a study but then, that same agency, would decline to express any view about the resulting report.


BoE's Haldane says Basel bank rules may need rethink  

August 31, 2012

Aug 31 (Reuters) - The world's core regulatory response to the financial crisis may need a rethink as the rules, due to start coming into force next January, may be too complicated to work well, a top Bank of England official said on Friday.


JPMorgan is Only Big Bank Meeting Basel III Requirements: Deutsche  

August 31, 2012

The U.S banking industry attracts banks form around the world, and arguably forms the basis of the Global banking Industry performance. After having taken a dive to the depth of the worst financial crises since the great depression, the last two years have shown glimpses of lost value, as recovery continues across all aspects of the industry.


Barclays capital ratios to be hurt by new capital rules  

August 30, 2012

Reuters) - British bank Barclays Plc said its trading in August was ahead of a year ago, but estimated its core capital ratio would dip by more than 2 percentage points under tougher capital rules coming into force next year.


Do You Buy Treasury's Claim That Dodd-Frank Aids Small Banks? BankThink  

August 30, 2012

Just in case you thought otherwise, the Treasury Department has released an infographic outlining how Wall Street reform helps to strengthen small banks.


Asia-Pacific Bond Risk Rises, Credit-Default Swap Prices Show  

August 29, 2012
The cost of insuring Asia-Pacific corporate and sovereign bonds from non-payment increased, according to traders of credit-default swaps. The Markit iTraxx Asia index of 40 investment-grade borrowers outside Japan advanced 1 basis point to 152 as of 8:29 a.m. in Hong Kong, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc. prices show. The gauge is poised for its highest close since Aug. 3, according to data provider CMA. It is down from 159 on July 31.

Corporate Credit Swaps in U.S. Hold at About Lowest in a Week  

August 29, 2012
A gauge of corporate credit risk in the U.S. held at about the lowest in a week after a report showed the nation’s economy grew more than previously estimated in the second quarter.

Breaking Down Basel III  

August 29, 2012

Federal regulators sent a shockwave through the community banking industry when they recently released proposed rules to implement Basel III regulatory capital standards. Rather than target the largest and most systemically risky financial institutions, the regulators painted the industry with a decidedly broader brush: Banks of all sizes would be subject to the new capital requirements, according to the proposed rules.


How Will Basel III Impact Banks?  

August 29, 2012

With Basel III looming, financial institutions are yet again bracing themselves for the changes to come from new regulation. In simple terms, Basel III will require banks of all sizes to maintain higher capital ratios and greater liquidity as a safety measurement, but what will this really mean for a bank? Several bank attorneys think lending will suffer, as many banks will have to focus on increasing capital and taking on less risky loans.

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