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December 2, 2002

As overcapacity in the banking sector heats up competition even further, banks are seeking new strategies to keep them afloat. Melvyn Westlake looks at some of the models being considered.

Can Basel II be made to work?

August 2, 2002

Latest developments in the progress of the Basel II Capital Accord have raised concerns by both US and European parties that its complexity will lead to unequal treatment. 

The forces driving bank mergers

August 2, 2002

Crashing markets and a stalled economic recovery are starting to hit banks, causing problems which will make them vulnerable to acquisition.

Spotlight on a shady world

July 2, 2002

Melvyn Westlake says the legal row between Nomura and CSFB could result in more transparency in the world of credit derivatives.

Time to clean up

June 2, 2002

Regulators are determined to avoid a repeat of Enron and other scandals. But will the corporate governance measures now being considered make things better or worse? Melvyn Westlake reports on the great corporate clean-up.

The importance of being good

April 2, 2002

The Enron scandal has put the spotlight back on ethics. Banks can no longer ignore the issue of social responsibility and those which do may not survive.

Enron fallout: why insurers fail banks

March 2, 2002

JP Morgan Chase thought it had its Enron risks insured. Now it is fighting a legal battle to reclaim the money. The case raises wider questions about the effectiveness of credit insurance and the much-heralded convergence between banking and insurance.

Why banks don't know their clients

November 2, 2001

Since September 11, the finance sector has come under the spotlight for its role as a conduit for terrorist funds. Politicians are making great speeches and blaming the banks. But to stop the abuses would require no less than a politically unacceptable clampdown on minorities, the curtailing of civil liberties and the halting of world trade.

London calling

November 2, 2001

Henry Harington looks at the effect of September 11 on foreign banks in London, and finds many questioning their policy of maintaining all their operations under one roof.

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