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Fee criticism brings costs quandary for US retail banks

February 1, 2012

With traditional revenue streams taking a hit as a result of new regulations, retail banks in the US face a predicament. Should they risk losing customers by increasing their fees to cover costs, or is there another strategy that will appease shareholders and customers alike?

Politics can still trump prudence

February 1, 2012

Regulators are making much of macroprudential tools to prevent future bubbles. But regulatory capture remains an obvious risk.

Are emerging market banks more transparent?

December 21, 2011

Banks in emerging markets appear to run greater risks to achieve greater returns. But they may just be more conservative in assessing their risks.

Mind the GAAP on bank leverage

December 8, 2011
Us vs Europe teaser

US GAAP accounting standards may offer a misleading picture of leverage among five of the largest American banks relative to their European counterparts, because US banks net out derivatives exposure when calculating total assets.

Commodities supp teaser

CFTC commodity rules divide financial world

December 1, 2011

The US's Commodity Futures Trading Commission's new rules were passed by a slim majority of three to two and met with much chagrin as those opposing the changes threatened legal action. But with its position limit levels set wide, how will the reforms actually affect investment banks?

Christian Meissner

BAML CIB co-head takes comfort in deal dominance

December 1, 2011

Revenues may be down but market share is up for Bank of America Merrill Lynch's corporate and investment banking division. This is giving its global co-head, Christian Meissner, cause for optimism going into 2012, despite the tough markets in Europe and Asia.

DCM COVER TEASER

High-yield bonds battered but still resilient

November 1, 2011

Junk bonds have suffered badly since the start of June, with investors being quick to sell off what is one of the riskiest fixed-income asset classes. But bankers point to the market’s underlying strengths and insist it will only get bigger in the long term. 

DCM COVER TEASER

How to reboot bank funding markets

November 1, 2011

Deep uncertainty over sovereign debt exposures and new regulation has locked many banks out of the senior unsecured funding markets, leading to a frantic search for solutions.

Dodd-Frank Act's long arm is felt around the world

August 1, 2011

On the one-year anniversary of Dodd-Frank, much may have been achieved, but almost as many rule-making deadlines have been missed. More importantly, there are growing industry concerns that lack of agreement about how to apply the extraterritorial reach of US regulation is a problem that just will not go away.

Mark Aedy, head of EMEA, Moelis & Company

Moelis & Co: a boutique no longer?

June 30, 2011

It is becoming more difficult to call four-year old Moelis & Co a boutique firm. Times are good for independent investment banks, but can this run of good business continue?

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