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Back and forth and pari passu

The New York courts' interpretation of the pari passu clause could have serious implications, not just for Argentina, but for sovereign restructurings the world over.

US sanctions are the start of a slippery slope

The US sanctions regime will drive business into the shadows and accelerate the growth of alternative trading currencies.

Size matters in assessing systemic risk

​For years the conventional thinking was that economies where banking assets fell below the level of GDP were emerging whereas economies with banking assets two or three times the size of GDP were acknowledged as advanced. That was before the crisis.

India's new prime minister faces banking test

There is a lot of hope pinned on India's newly elected prime minister Narendra Modi. But, with so many economic – not to mention social and political – problems to be tackled, can he live up to expectations?

European regulation: who’s in charge here?

A novice European parliament will be scrutinising how untested European regulators implement far-reaching new rules for the financial sector

Banks' big data dilemma

Customers trust banks with their money, but should they trust banks with their data?

Trouble rumbles on at Ecobank

A cautionary tale for African banks

The controversy that has dogged pan-African lender Ecobank in the last nine months has shaken it to its core. Last month Thierry Tanoh, its chief executive, was forced to stand down in what was the latest and, Ecobank shareholders will hope, possibly the last in a series of events that has dented the institution’s credibility.

Risk weights – use them (wisely) or lose them

With investors claiming that Basel explanations of risk weighting models are indecipherable, confidence in these measures has been lost. If it is not restored, capital may have to be regulated using much harsher methods.

Time to clarify fines

Another day, another huge fine for banks. But is it justified? 

Regulators lost for words

Regulators struggling to define what activities are covered by hugely detailed new rules governing financial markets might do better by returning to first principles.

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