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Bonus Cocos will not make a market

February 8, 2011

Contingent capital, of one form or another, continues to be a hot topic in European financial markets.

Bonus moves curb traders' risk appetite and impact hedging

January 28, 2011

As the bankers' bonus season arrives and the world's media ogle the figures, something seems to have gone missing in the debate. One of the recommendations urged by regulators on both sides of the Atlantic, backed up with the threat of further intervention if ignored, was to change the way in which bonuses are paid, rather than the size of them.

Euro crisis could bring federalism by back door

January 28, 2011

Eurosceptics, many of them in the UK, have so far rejoiced at the crisis in the eurozone, believing it has proven that they were right all along – a monetary union without fiscal union makes economic nonsense. The crisis, say the eurosceptics, exposes the euro as a largely political project.

Rethinking risk-weighting

January 25, 2011

Every analyst has their own spin on what the impact of Basel III might be, and Bernard de Longevialle’s financial institutions team at credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has now added its own 16-page report. One of the most striking observations is the effect that tougher risk-weights on banks’ assets could have on certain banks that had recorded relatively healthy capital adequacy ratios under Basel II.

Banks cannot hide from Volcker

January 21, 2011

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a body of regulators chaired by the US Treasury secretary, issued a series of recommendations in January on how to implement the Volcker Rule and its ban on proprietary trading.

Could a Middle Eastern ‘tiger’ finally start to roar?

January 11, 2011

The surge in Middle Eastern merger and acquisitions (M&A) is evidence of a shift from the oil and gas sector to the development of more complex and interesting industries. Is it set to put the region on a new path?

Wrong-headed regulation hits trade finance

December 23, 2010

The perversities of regulation are fast becoming all too clear. Trade is the engine of global economic growth and the means by which indebted Europe and the US can haul themselves out of their malaise.

The EU should act where Berlin cannot

December 23, 2010

Anyone that hoped the financial crisis would be the catalyst for substantial change to Germany's three-pillar banking system may be disappointed. The rigid structure that divides the German banking sector into privately owned banks, publicly owned banks and co-operatives seems even now resistant to change.

A summer of discontent or sign of things to come?

December 8, 2010

Was the third quarter a blip or a sign of tougher times ahead? The leading names in the capital markets mostly delivered poor results and the seasonal summer lull can only be part of the reason.

Eurozone debt keeps on dancing

December 8, 2010

"As long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance. We're still dancing," former Citi chief executive Chuck Prince notoriously told the Financial Times as the global financial crisis began to unfold in July 2007.

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