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Regulators need to take a step back

December 20, 2013

Heavy-handed regulation is counterproductive and could make bank failures more likely.

Business trumps politics in the UK's EU decision

December 13, 2013

The economic benefits of being in the EU mean that the UK will inevitably elect to maintain its membership, despite misgivings about EU labour rules.

A new banking model will have to break old habits

November 18, 2013

As banks search for a new operating model that utilises technology to the full, Brian Caplen looks at alternative solutions for lenders, weighing up the age-old dilemma: to pay or not to pay?

Regulation should not be a political tool

October 23, 2013

The UK and the US are taking very different regulatory stances, the former reverting to its characteristic light touch while the latter is taking a heavy-handed approach, but both regimes are driven by political considerations rather than market needs and are therefore at risk of damaging their respective banking systems.

Making a show of crisis management

October 11, 2013

While the likelihood of a US default remains low, banks are still having to go to great lengths to show that they are prepared for a possible default scenario.

The bonus system has a lot to answer for

September 30, 2013

Bonus systems encourage and reward a focus on short-term gains at the expense of the bigger, long-term picture.

The dangers of a shadow payments market

September 24, 2013

The increase in unregulated and unmonitored mobile and internet payments brings with it serious risk.

Counting the (legal) cost of the crisis

September 2, 2013

The legal action that has been taken against banks since the crisis has added a whole new dimension to the way in which they go about their business.

Regulators risk driving banks into a corner

August 27, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to investigate JPMorgan's hiring of so-called princelings only serves to add to the argument that regulators are being overzealous in their supervision of banks.

Is China about to be knocked off balance?

August 19, 2013

The unearthing of China's considerable off-balance-sheet liabilities casts a new light on the country's economic position, raising fears that its previously rapid development could stall.

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