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Mixed messages for UK mortgage market

July 29, 2013

The UK Treasury is trying to help lenders step up mortgage financing, but new regulatory agencies are focused on controlling systemic risk.

European Council leaves buy-side in the dark

July 1, 2013

A compromise proposal brokered by the Irish government would limit the proportion of EU equities traded in unlit venues. But critics say it is unnecessary and unworkable.

EU bonus rules fail to cap risks

May 28, 2013

The EU is set to cap bonuses at 200% of basic salary, but there is no evidence that this will improve risk-taking behaviour in investment banking.

What future for the CFTC?

April 29, 2013

The reauthorisation of the US regulator should be a formality, but the combination of Dodd-Frank implementation and the MF Global failure have made for a deeper discussion of the agency’s future.

Financial transaction tax misses the target

March 21, 2013

Certain EU member countries want banks to foot the bill for plugging the budget deficit they helped to cause. But the resulting tax looks set to hit the real economy most of all.

Will sovereigns regulate their own ratings?

February 25, 2013

The eurozone crisis has precipitated intense scrutiny of the sovereign credit rating process, but the sovereigns themselves are hardly impartial judges.

US tightens leash on foreign banks

January 28, 2013

The desire of the US Federal Reserve to create more uniform supervision of foreign bank subsidiaries is understandable, but its proposals risk cutting across international efforts at regulatory coordination.

Dodd-Frank puts swap execution facilities in the firing line

January 2, 2013

Swap execution facilities are supposed to be central to the efforts of the Dodd-Frank Act to make the derivatives industry safer, but delayed rule-making has thrown their very existence into doubt.

Should the brakes be applied to high-frequency trading?

November 26, 2012

The European Parliament wants high-frequency traders to hold stocks for half a second before selling to prevent a future stock market crash, but critics retort that slowing down trading is not a solution to the problem.

How many supervisors does it take to save the eurozone?

October 29, 2012

Plans for a European banking union may address a perceived missing pillar of monetary union, but they are a very long-term project that threaten to cut across other measures to stabilise the system.

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