Latest articles from Philip Alexander

Conduct risks become a prudential concern

October 27, 2014

Ever-growing penalties for misdemeanours ranging from Libor rigging to money laundering are starting to undermine bank capital ratio calculations.

View from IMF

Finance becomes victim instead of cause of risk

October 13, 2014

The financial sector may be moving down the list of global risks, but this does not come as much of a relief to the banks themselves, writes Philip Alexander from the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Washington DC.

Tracking eurozone asset quality questions

October 1, 2014
Risk weighted assets of banks in eurozone

Eurozone banks that have taken an aggressive stance to risk-weighting their assets may face most scrutiny from the European Central Bank’s comprehensive assessment.

Europe stretches the rules to reach high-frequency trading

September 29, 2014

Market participants are disputing attempts by the European Securities and Markets Authority to extend crucial MiFID II rules to address a new political priority.

Regulation gets real for virtual currencies

August 26, 2014

Both the EU and New York are looking to bring digital currencies under a full regulatory regime, but their approaches are rather different.

Espirito Santo crisis highlights continued struggle in periphery

August 22, 2014
Banking sector performance in crisis countries

The crisis at Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo has raised fresh doubts about the recovery of banks in the peripheral eurozone.

National Bank finds appetite for Greek assets

National Bank finds appetite for Greek assets

August 1, 2014

National Bank of Greece has completed a share offering and a highly successful bond placement in the space of two key months for the bank's turnaround.

Is cross-border resolution too big to solve

Is cross-border resolution too big to solve?

August 1, 2014

A growing number of countries have introduced resolution regimes for their systemically important banks, but making sure they work together globally is a larger challenge.

New priorities confuse EU regulatory drive

July 28, 2014

Key legislation on the structural reform of banks held over from the previous European Parliament and European Commission may now take a back seat.

ECB leaves eastern Europe feeling stressed

July 1, 2014

Austrian banks are complaining that the eurozone stress test is biased against central and eastern Europe.

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