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Financial regulation: special focus



Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada  Michel Barnier, European commissioner for the internal market and services
SEC chairman Mary Schapiro Jamie Dimon Charles Dallara, managing director of the IIF


L-R: Mark Carney; Sheila Bair; Michel Barnier; Mary Schapiro; Jamie Dimon; Charles Dallara


"I had a discussion with a very senior regulator recently who told me: 'Look, I know we’ve gone too far too fast on some of this and that we’ve made some errors, but I’m afraid I don’t know how to stop this process’. Now that’s quite scary." 


Volcker rule: special focus


Regulation puts global banking in peril
December 2014
Don’t believe the G20 hype. In interviews with Euromoney, the world’s top financial policymakers admit regulatory tensions are tight. What’s more, the collateral damage of the focus on too-big-to-fail, capital rules and bankruptcy resolution risk rolling back financial globalization. Is it time to change the terms of the discussion?

Bank relationships: The risk of de-risking
December 2014
Global banks may feel that purging their correspondent banking relationships will help them de-risk, but they should beware the unintended consequences.

Banking: AQR aftermath throws up more questions for banks
December 2014
Investors greeted the European Central Bank’s asset quality review with little more than a shrug. They view it as merely the first step on a journey to enhanced and uniform bank supervision that might take a decade to complete. They are much more worried about the sustainability of banks’ business models and whether or not they can even earn enough to service their growing capital stack.

Bank M&A: Europe needs consolidation, not recapitalization
December 2014
Debt service costs will hit profits; regulators see M&A as the answer.

Banks search for certainty on liquidity rules
November 2014
The deadline is approaching for the Basel intraday liquidity rules. But without a defined set of procedures, and concerns around costs, banks are moving forward reluctantly.

'Super-systemic' CCPs need a TLAC of their own
November 2014
If forthcoming regulation fails to guarantee robust loss-absorbing capacity at central clearing counterparties (CCPs), their increasing systemic importance could usher in a new generation of organizations that are too big to fail.

Setting the foundations of standardization
November 2014
There is much discussion around moving towards a standardized form of banking, but who is setting the standard?

Collaboration could ease KYC burden
November 2014
Meeting KYC requirements is an irksome and expensive task for banks to contend with. But there are a slew of offerings from financial-services companies to ease the compliance burden.

Industry divided as regulators mull NDF clearing
November 2014
European proposals for mandatory clearing of non-deliverable forwards (NDFs) published in October seemed to be a decisive step toward a new framework for FX derivatives trading. However, responses to the consultation reveal deep divisions among FX market participants over the way forward.

Bundesbank’s Dombret says trust restored in European banking system
November 2014
In an interview with Euromoney, Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret sounds an upbeat note on the rigour of the ECB’s asset-quality review (AQR) and the eurozone’s resolution arrangements, but issues a sharp warning over banks’ risk-free treatment of sovereign debt.

Banking: Asia-Pacific’s regulation headache

November 2014
Pity the regional Asian bank chiefs dealing with myriad local regulators as well as extra-territorial oversight.

Deutsche's GTB hit by rising regulatory costs
October 2014
Deutsche Bank’s explicit admission in its third-quarter results that higher regulatory costs are hitting the profitability of its global transaction banking business will come as blow to the bank and a warning to others.

Social trading grows amid calls for regulatory oversight
October 2014
The full-scale disruptive potential of social trading is beginning to become clear, according to proponents. But there are fears that it is encouraging inexperienced traders to load up with risk in the pursuit of large returns and there have been calls for tougher regulation.

Gloves come off in the fight for leveraged finance
October 2014
Fed gets tough with Credit Suisse; cov-lite loans on the rise in US and Europe.

Regulation: Sweden’s unfinished finish
October 2014
The country’s financial regulators are playing hardball on minimum regulatory capital requirements, mostly because of mortgage risk weights. Analysts argue that the Riksbank is using the wrong tool for the job and might even be damaging the economy as a result.

FX swaps: Market players grapple with fragmentation risk
October 2014
Market participants are relatively relaxed about the impact of last year’s change to the US trading model, relative to the dire warnings from the global trade association for OTC derivatives, but global market fragmentation remains a risk.

Banks join forces to confront due-diligence challenge
October 2014
With various regulatory initiatives demanding that financial institutions gather and disclose information relating to customers, a number of firms have responded to what they see as a market opportunity to develop customer-identity screening services, with a single, industry-wide utility seen, by some, as the end-goal.

OTC derivatives reform challenges regulators from South Africa to Hong Kong
October 2014
Over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market reform outside the US and Europe will be closely monitored by companies who use these derivatives to manage foreign-currency earnings exchange-rate risk.

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