Latest articles from Comment

Brian Caplen

China slowdown highlights importance of reforming during peaks, not troughs

The slowdown in China is hitting export-dependent emerging economies hard. It is those that planned for the bad times during the good, however, that will suffer the least.

Europe needs a proportionate rethink on bank regulation

EU bank regulation should be applied consistently on a proportionate basis that reflects the size and business model of the banks being regulated.

From Comment

Iran and Cuba's warm welcome could run cold

Major progress has been achieved in the reconciliation between the US and its old adversaries, Cuba and Iran. But there are many hurdles to be overcome before normal relations are restored.

From Comment

An era of common sense? Here's hoping...

Now that the effects of the crisis are settling, it is time for new, sensible rules to prevent banks from getting into trouble again.

Brian Caplen

A 'made-in-China' recession makes for familiar reading

A Chinese recession – or even continued sluggish economic growth – would have global repercussions unimaginable even a decade ago. Yet the lessons of slowdowns and depressions in other superpowers appear to have gone unheeded in the Far East.

Brian Caplen

Lehman lessons: what will happen should another SIFI fail?

Another collapse akin to that of Lehman Brothers would have a significantly lessened impact on the financial world, a Fitch report has found. However, Brian Caplen warns that there is no room for complacency.

Working towards a new contract between banks and society

The International Chamber of Commerce's banking commission is working to maintain a dialogue between banks, clients and regulators on keeping credit flowing to the real economy.

Greece: faith versus sustainability

Greece and the EU have faith that everything will work out in spite of the country's debt being a long way from sustainable. What does all that mean for the future?

From Comment

A stock market intervention too far in China?

The intervention of the Chinese government when the country's stock market lost more than one-third of its value in mid-June did not surprise many people, but the timing and manner of the action has disappointed some.

From Comment

Greece and the eurozone need the IMF to act

The International Monetary Fund has gradually found its voice in the years since its participation in the Greek bail-out of 2010. Now it must go further.

We use cookies to improve site performance and enhance your user experience. If you’d like to disable cookies on this device, please see our cookie management page. If you close this message or continue to use the site, you consent to our use of cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy, unless you disable them.