Modernising the co-operative model

Bringing the co-operative model into the 21st century

Born out of social innovation in the 19th century, Europe's co-operative banking model is now struggling to stay relevant in an increasingly globalised, technology-driven and heavily regulated banking market. Silvia Pavoni looks into ways the model can stay afloat.

Chinas new tech savvy banks

China's new tech-savvy banks: how private lenders could threaten the status quo

The banking licences being granted to private companies in China look set to shake up the country's financial sector, with its 'big four' lenders coming under pressure from tech-savvy newcomers with a strong customer network, such as Alibaba and Tencent.

The day conduct risk came knocking

An enhanced regulatory discipline recalibrated almost two years ago, conduct risk has served as a point of confusion for firms due to the lack of prescriptive guidelines provided by the regulator. However, this is no excuse for ignoring the issue.

EU settlement discipline could push bond markets over the edge

Proposals for the mandatory buy-in of securities if trades fail to settle could drive market-makers out of the market.

BCBS reviews sovereign risk weights for banks

BCBS reviews sovereign risk weights for banks

An end to the zero-risk view of sovereign debt could hit bank balance sheets and the borrowing costs of more indebted countries.

The challenges facing Latin America in 2015

A combination of new political strategies at home and abroad, evolving trade routes and weak oil prices are creating a new environment for Latin America. The Banker asked a group of influential economists how the future will look for the region.

How secondments could improve regulation

Secondments would provide regulators with greater expertise, but potential conflicts of interest must be carefully handled.

Splitting banks divides opinion in the EU

The European Parliament’s rapporteur is meeting stiff opposition to his idea of excluding market-making activities from bank structural reform.

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Why better models do not always lead to better decisions

Executives who live with uncertainty should resist the fallacy of arithmetic precision when making investment decisions, says Georgios Samakovitis of the University of Greenwich.

MiFID Christmas present threatens bond market hangover

A sweeping overhaul to EU rules on bond market transparency could aggravate a liquidity shortage in secondary trading.

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