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Size matters in assessing systemic risk

May 27, 2014

​For years the conventional thinking was that economies where banking assets fell below the level of GDP were emerging whereas economies with banking assets two or three times the size of GDP were acknowledged as advanced. That was before the crisis.

India's new prime minister faces banking test

May 27, 2014

There is a lot of hope pinned on India's newly elected prime minister Narendra Modi. But, with so many economic – not to mention social and political – problems to be tackled, can he live up to expectations?

European regulation: who’s in charge here?

April 28, 2014

A novice European parliament will be scrutinising how untested European regulators implement far-reaching new rules for the financial sector

Banks' big data dilemma

April 28, 2014

Customers trust banks with their money, but should they trust banks with their data?

Trouble rumbles on at Ecobank

A cautionary tale for African banks

March 24, 2014

The controversy that has dogged pan-African lender Ecobank in the last nine months has shaken it to its core. Last month Thierry Tanoh, its chief executive, was forced to stand down in what was the latest and, Ecobank shareholders will hope, possibly the last in a series of events that has dented the institution’s credibility.

Risk weights – use them (wisely) or lose them

March 24, 2014

With investors claiming that Basel explanations of risk weighting models are indecipherable, confidence in these measures has been lost. If it is not restored, capital may have to be regulated using much harsher methods.

Time to clarify fines

February 24, 2014

Another day, another huge fine for banks. But is it justified? 

Regulators lost for words

February 24, 2014

Regulators struggling to define what activities are covered by hugely detailed new rules governing financial markets might do better by returning to first principles.

Cold shoulder for IMF in US agreement

January 27, 2014

The bipartisan agreement struck by the US government to avert threats of a shutdown undermines the International Monetary Fund’s status as a truly multilateral institution. 

Sense and sensitivity on the leverage ratio

January 27, 2014

Revisions to the leverage ratio will help trade finance, but could introduce the same kind of regulatory arbitrage as the risk-weighted Basel ratio.

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