Over the past two years banks have been hit by a huge wave of litigation relating to residential mortgages, interbank rates, consumer insurance and money laundering. Though lenders have largely managed to absorb the costs fairly easily, it seems that the regulators are not quite finished when it comes to dishing out fines.
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Many investors are confident that 2013 will be remembered as the year the US economy finally started its recovery. For other parts of the world, not least the eurozone and most major emerging markets, the memories are likely to be a lot gloomier. Paul Wallace reports.
Banks, regulators and consultants are all trying to preserve a Basel capital measurement that relies on a discredited process of risk-weighting assets.
The US Federal Reserve’s proposals to implement the liquidity coverage ratio component of Basel III involves hitting their deadline sooner than Basel's recommendations and tighter definitions of liquid assets.
Regulators will need closer co-operation on resolution regimes to avoid further fragmentation of the global banking sector.
Central banks around the world should take note of the United Arab Emirates' new regulations on mortgage lending.
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