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China regulator launches fresh shadow banking crackdown  

July 29, 2016

China is preparing rules to tackle risks from shadow finance by curbing the issuance and portfolio mix of “wealth management products” that have fuelled the huge increase in Chinese corporate debt since 2008.


Germany to ban sale of credit-linked notes to retail investors  

July 29, 2016

Germany's financial watchdog, Bafin, plans to ban the sale of credit-linked notes, a type of structured financial product, to retail investors to protect consumers in a market worth 6.3 billion euros ($7 bln), it said on Thursday. 


Under pressure: financial services turns the screw  

July 28, 2016

The latest iteration of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s (BCBS) Basel III leverage ratio framework has galvanised the global financial services industry into action to ensure that the final proposal, which is due by the end of 2016, is a viable addition to the post-financial crisis regulatory framework.


Vanishing Sovereign Bond Yields Around the Developed World  

July 28, 2016

Contrary to the expectations of some of the world's most respected bond managers, bond prices continue to rise and yields fall to almost inconceivable levels. According to the Financial Times, on July 5th 2016, the yield on the Swiss government bonds with 50 year maturity hit a low of -0.12%.


ETF Investors Are Flocking To Emerging Market Bonds  

July 27, 2016

Negative interest rates in several major developed foreign nations may be the biggest theme driving the search for yield in 2016.  Many investors have navigated their way to U.S. Treasury, investment grade corporate, and municipal bonds for safety.  However, if you want an above average yield and are willing to take on more credit risk, emerging market bonds have become a preferred landing spot.


Why bank stress tests are so vital for Europe  

July 27, 2016

In a few days the European Banking Authority and the European Central Bank will publish the results of their so-called stress tests on the European banking system. These results will not only be key to boosting confidence in European banks, which have been sorely knocked by the global financial crisis as well as by the eurozone debt crisis in recent years, but they will be vital for securing the future of the European economic recovery.


MAS proposals widen investment scope for Singapore insurers  

July 26, 2016

Insurance companies in Singapore will face less onerous restrictions to invest in bonds and equities under new rules that the Monetary Authority of Singapore has proposed. The draft risk-based capital framework, which has been in the works for four years, is the insurance equivalent of the Basel III regime for banks.


Emerging market equities, bonds earn favour  

July 25, 2016

Fund managers are urging investors to look at emerging equities and bonds, which are providing returns comparable to developed markets. Emerging-market stocks are gaining as expectations that the Federal Reserve will refrain from raising interest rates this year, and better-than-estimated economic data from the US, stoke risk appetite. 


U.S. financial stability faces threat from Brexit  

July 25, 2016

The U.S. financial system faces greater potential instability due to Britain's decision to leave the European Union while low and negative interest rates also raise risks, a U.S. government monitor said on Monday. In its biannual update on U.S. stability, the Office of Financial Research said overall risks "remain in the medium range but have been pushed higher by the United Kingdom vote to exit the European Union."


Wall Street and commodity risk - Morgan Stanley measure slips  

July 22, 2016

Morgan Stanley Inc's commodity trading risk measure, known as Value at Risk (VaR), fell to its lowest in at least three years in the quarter through June, the bank said on Wednesday, as the Wall Street bank reported higher commodities revenue.

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