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Michel Peretie

Regulation: avoiding the pendulum effect

September 1, 2011

As regulators push for financial stability, they need to be careful that the pendulum does not swing so far in the other direction that banks cannot exercise their core mandate of providing finance to households and industry says Michel Péretié, CEO of Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking.

William R Rhodes

Why Europe must learn from the experiences of others

September 1, 2011

To overcome its sovereign debt crisis, Europe needs to be decisive and draw on help from the private sector, and it needs strong political leadership. But most importantly, it needs to take note of the lessons learnt from past crises in developing nations says William R Rhodes. 

EU regulation

The complex world of EU regulation

September 1, 2011

Passing financial regulation is complicated and fraught with political and other tensions; but it may surprise the uninitiated in its openness and transparency. Can the European institutions responsible cope with the huge raft of regulation which they are committed to implementing?

David Rouch

Structured products move one step closer to harmonisation

June 30, 2011

In theory, the advent of the Ucits IV Directive should lead to standardised documentation for structured products across the EU. In practice, structurers must still work with diverging national regulatory frameworks.

Has Basel got its numbers wrong?

Has Basel got its numbers wrong?

June 30, 2011

Regulators face a tricky task in setting appropriate capital charges for counterparty risk. Many are worried that some of the provisions in Basel III may cause as many problems as they solve.

Will tightening regulation stop banks being banks?

June 30, 2011

Regulation is a good thing. But further tightening of the regulatory noose could strangle banks' growth - and forcing them to adopt a uniform mechanistic behaviour could mean they all crash together if things go wrong again.

Has the banking industry moved too early on CoCos?

May 4, 2011

Regulators are desperate to find a capital instrument that provides a buffer for institutions, but also satisfies investors. Issuance, in a variety of forms, has already begun. But with so many questions still unanswered, have regulators and issuers moved too early?

FSA

New UK liquidity rules set to have global repercussions

May 4, 2011

The UK's tough liquidity rules stand in the way of global management and are expensive and time-consuming to comply with, say bankers. The bad news is that other jurisdictions are likely to adopt them. 

Commerzbank's bold move is a blueprint for other German banks

March 23, 2011

Commerzbank’s bold liability management exercise – the first to address Basel III at both ends of the capital structure – shows that banks need not wait for national and European regulators to finalise minimum capital requirements. It also serves as a possible blueprint for Germany’s other banks to strengthen their capital base.

Basel III drives operational risk rethink

March 18, 2011

As banks prepare for the implementation of Basel III, operational risk management needs to be a key area of focus.

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