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A way to reduce the margining burden of derivatives clearing

The netting of swap payments against variation margin would reduce liquidity requirements in cleared transactions, according to clearing house risk expert Stephen Elliott.

Why real-time payments are not yet a reality

The US is working towards real-time payments, but will they actually be an improvement for banks?

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Bringing Jamaica back from the brink

Jamaica’s minister of finance Peter Phillips is working with the International Monetary Fund to implement reforms and stimulate economic growth in the Caribbean country.

Too soon to call time on too big to fail

The G20 has asked the Financial Stability Board to test the potential impact of measures to end bank bail-outs before providing its seal of approval.

Brian Caplen
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China's too-big-to-fail advantage

As G20 leaders discuss proposals regarding banks' total loss-absorbing capacity in Brisbane, the advantages held in this regard by China's big state lenders are as stark as ever.

Brian Caplen

Time for the BRICs to become BRICKs?

Kazakhstan's economy is closely tied to that of three of the four BRIC economies – Russia, China and India – so is it time to start calling them the BRICKs?

The right focus will bring the right risk culture

Banks all over the world – many of them hit recently by fines for a multitude of reason concerning poor governance – are looking to change the culture within their organisations when it comes to risk. Without the right focus, however, only marginal improvements will be made.

Anson Chan

Why Hong Kong must fight for its democratic rights

Former chief secretary of Hong Kong, Anson Chan, tells Stefania Palma about the difficulties facing pan-democratic parties in Hong Kong, and defends the city-state's political protesters, saying that universal suffrage is long overdue.

Hong Kong’s unique but working system

Hong Kong's current political system – a halfway house between Western-style democracy and Chinese single-party socialism – strikes the perfect balance, at least as far as business is concerned.

New thinking needed for SME finance

Technology may deliver better returns than regulatory incentives in the drive to stimulate lending to small and medium-sized enterprises.

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