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Storm or stability?

January 2, 2002

As easy as ABCP

January 2, 2002

The asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) market, which started modestly as a way for banks to move assets off their balance sheet, using special purpose vehicles known as conduits, is today among the most innovative and complex financial sectors, often supporting entirely synthetic transactions.But its very success is arousing concern among some close observers. The market's role in shifting risk, often to exploit anomalies in the regulatory treatment of the banks' capital, looks distinctly uncertain when the rules change in three years time under current proposals.

Brand new way ahead

October 2, 2001

The concept of the brand channel is emerging as the new interactive technology that will ease the customer frustration that has come from telephone and internet banking, says Mark Cullen.

Bank of the Year Awards

September 2, 2001

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