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A Risky Exchange  

February 25, 2016

The business of clearing and settling trades has always looked dull compared with the racier business of buying and selling. But it's likely to be at the heart of whether regulators approve a tie-up between Deutsche Boerse and London Stock Exchange -- and whether the financial system will be riskier or safer as a result.

 

Who’s Right on US Financial Reform?  

February 25, 2016

Eight years after triggering a crisis that nearly brought down the global financial system, the United States remains plagued by confusion about what reforms are needed to prevent it from happening again. As Americans prepare to choose their next president, a better understanding of the policy changes that would minimize the risk of future crises – and which politicians are most likely to implement them – is urgently needed.

 

European regulators to test banks' strength against financial shocks  

February 25, 2016

European regulators will test banks’ financial strength against two years of economic contraction, falling commodity and property prices and further regulatory fines as fears mount over lenders’ ability to withstand shocks. The European Banking Authority said on Wednesday its annual stress test programme – which covers UK banks Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland – would assess banks’ resilience when faced with a slowing global economy.

 

MiFID II Delay: Not an Opportunity to Relax  

February 24, 2016

No doubt there was a collective sigh of relief from firms in Europe when regulators announced a year's delay to the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID). But this is no time to sit back and relax, say experts.

 

Trampoline market shows investors must keep calm and carry on  

February 22, 2016

The FTSE 100, which crashed to a five-year low on February 11, bounced back by nine per cent over just four days to regain the 6000 mark on Wednesday. It makes for testing times for small investors, but shows the wisdom of the standard ‘don’t panic’ advice being proffered by the experts 10 days ago.

 

Don’t always believe a balance sheet  

February 22, 2016

Derivative exposures sound alarming until you realise that they’re largely netted out. According to the latest data from the Bank for International Settlements, the central bankers’ central bank, the total amount of outstanding derivative contracts has declined from a 2012 peak of $700tn to about $550tn. To put this into perspective, the figure has fallen from just under three times the value of all the assets in the world to a little over twice the value.

 

State-run bank's credit profile at risk if not adequately funded, says Fitch  

February 22, 2016

With the profitability of Indian public sector banks (PSBs) severely dented as seen from recent third-quarter results, their credit profile will come under pressure unless they are adequately capitalised, Fitch Ratings said on Friday.

 

The right compliance technology can save banks billions even MiFID II kicks in  

February 22, 2016

Unsurprisingly, the European Commission’s proposal to allow a year’s extension on the deadline for MiFID II compliance has been made official. The date has been delayed until January 3rd, 2018 and while many may heave a sigh of relief that they have been given more time to implement the major IT operational changes required, such as transaction reporting and pre- and post-trade transparency.

 

Asia and the next financial crisis  

February 22, 2016

The Asian financial crisis of 1997–98 was a huge turning point in Asia. Asia’s confidence in the IMF and the US leadership to help through global institutions in a time of crisis was seriously shaken. The disillusionment was deepest in Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and Jakarta — Beijing was then an innocent defender of the status quo.

 

The Bank of England must think again on systemic risk  

February 18, 2016

A central lesson of the crisis of 2008 was that banks had woefully inadequate equity capital. When banks could not absorb their losses, taxpayers had to — and we are still paying the price. Seven years on, the fundamental question of how much capital British banks should have has not been decided.

 
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