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Obeying the regulator

January 2, 2006

Of all the forms of operational risk, compliance officers are most concerned with regulatory risk. Why? Because the consequences of getting it wrong can be so severe, writes Michael Imeson.

Bumpy ride for flat tax

January 2, 2006

Flat tax is unpalatable to governments of established economies but its adoption by emerging countries could spark a rethink.

IMF's managing director explains the Fund's new priorities

January 2, 2006

With demographic change and globalisation presenting fresh challenges, Rodrigo de Rato explains how the 60-year-old International Monetary Fund is adapting itself to new paradigms.

A piece of China’s consumer action

December 5, 2005

With an eye on China’s burgeoning consumer credit and retail markets, two American companies have invested in the future of Shenzhen Development Bank. Stephen Timewell reports.

Hedge funds trimmed

December 5, 2005

UK regulators are reviewing hedge funds and alternative retail investments with a view to imposing new restrictions that could curtail growth in the sector, writes Michael Imeson.

Whole loan sales head through roof

November 7, 2005

Trade in whole mortgage loans is brisk in the UK, while Germany and the Netherlands show potential, but the booming European market’s main player is American. Michael Marray reports.

Biometrics make inroads

November 7, 2005

Although not yet in general use, biometrics are slowly being tested and adopted in the banking sphere as a way of increasing security, Wendy Atkins reports.

A broader remit for microfinance

November 7, 2005

The Middle East is enjoying an investment boom but risks leaving the poor further behind. Microfinance can help to improve their prospects but it will take more than loans alone. Rula Dababneh explains.

Without frontiers

November 7, 2005

The European Commission wants to boost efficiency in the mortgage market by creating a single European market for the sector. But care needs to be taken in establishing such a market, which must be free and open.

More accounting rules

November 7, 2005

Proposed by the Committee of European Banking Supervisors, translated from officialese by Michael Imeson.

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