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Commentary: Financial Empowerment for the Emerging Market Consumer

April 5, 2018

Providing financial services to improve quality of life and help alleviate poverty remains a challenge.

​China’s $26 Trillion Problem and Why It’s a ‘Systemic Risk’

October 25, 2017

The instability of China’s credit-fueled, investment-focused growth strategy is—without a doubt—one of the greatest systemic risks facing the global economy

Delays and high failure rates hit FRTB implementation

June 6, 2017

The Fundamental Review of the Trading Book is a particularly challenging piece of text to implement, but banks trying to do so with the less capital-intensive Internal Model Approach are finding it particularly difficult as they face having to keep their models approved. Some are considering not bothering with it

Barclays To Exit Energy Trading; Risk of Liquidity Shortage?

December 7, 2016

Barclays has become the latest bank to announce its exodus from energy trading. Analysts believe that this decision of the bank will raise concerns in the oil industry regarding the liquidity which players of that industry can avail. Declining liquidity in the market for them might mean that they cannot use derivatives to hedge their risk in the market.

China banks risk Lehman moment as wholesale borrowing rises

November 29, 2016

Chinese banks are increasingly reliant on funding sources that western peers used before the financial crisis, leading investors and analysts to warn that China’s financial system could be vulnerable to a Lehman Brothers-style collapse. Their use of volatile wholesale borrowing to fund balance sheets has particularly worried analysts, who warn that banks could be left without the stability of a broad retail deposit base and unable to raise cash when most needed.

Eurozone stability risk on the rise with some countries vulnerable

November 24, 2016

Financial stability risk is rising in the euro zone and concerns may re-emerge about some countries’ ability to sustain their debt, potentially raising pressure on weak sovereigns, the European Central Bank has said. In an unusually downbeat message, the ECB warned that global political shifts, including the new US administration, may trigger sudden asset price volatility and flow reversals, compounding existing vulnerabilities to rising interest rates and yields.

ECB ups scrutiny of bank loans to high-risk borrowers

November 23, 2016

The European Central Bank is increasing scrutiny of bank credit to highly indebted borrowers after finding risky loans have boomed since 2012 due to its own ultra-low interest rates, it said on Wednesday. The ECB and other major central banks around the world have pushed interest rates to zero or lower to stimulate lending and support economic growth in response to the global financial crisis.

Bundesbank Says Low Interest Rates Encouraging Risk Build-Up

November 17, 2016

Persistently low interest rates are encouraging the build-up of risks that could threaten financial stability, Germany’s Bundesbank said. While cheap borrowing costs are necessary in the current environment of subdued economic growth, banks and life insurers would likely suffer most if rates were to rise suddenly, the central bank said in its Financial Stability Review published Wednesday.

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