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‘American finish’ to Basel takes the shine off smaller banks

September 24, 2012

US regulators have extended the consultation over their proposed rules to implement the international Basel III capital requirements, as implementation fears mount up for smaller banks.

Hong Kong toughens up IPO rules

August 27, 2012

Hong Kong has seen a boom in initial public offerings in recent years, and now the country's Securities and Futures Commission is aiming to crack down on lax due diligence and introduce a stricter code of conduct for sponsoring banks.

France takes a tax gamble on the markets

July 19, 2012

The Financial Transaction Tax introduced by France in August is intended to deter speculative investor behaviour, but the execution looks likely to miss the target.

Can US equity On-Ramp get investors on board?

July 2, 2012

The US JOBS Act is intended to boost access to public equity markets for emerging growth companies. But it has yet to win the trust of investors.

Kenyan banks swerve interest rate cap

May 28, 2012

Most African governments are keen to liberalise their financial sectors. Kenya’s would have sent a clear signal in the opposite direction had MPs passed proposals to cap interest rates earlier in 2012. For now, such a move seems off the table. But looming elections could change that.

Too many cooks spoil CRD IV liquidity broth

April 23, 2012

The growing number of EU institutions intervening on the drafting of Europe’s vital new liquidity requirements is piling uncertainties on banks and capital markets.

Basel risk weights leave banks with unequal burdens

March 26, 2012

The process of risk-weighting assets will become even more crucial to calculating bank capital adequacy under Basel III than it is already. Which is why there is growing dissent about the unexplained discrepancies between how different banks are measuring the same risks.

Fatca details get muted response

March 1, 2012

The US's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca, was widely criticised when it was enacted by Congress in 2010. Newly proposed regulations have brought with them some concessions, as well as an intent among some European countries to share this approach, meaning that the act is here to stay.

Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

February 1, 2012

In response to a request from the European Commission, a recent consultation paper from the European pensions body looks at ways the proposed Solvency II directive for insurers could be applied to occupational pensions. Many in the industry see far more problems than solutions in its application

Europe rotates the ratings messenger

January 3, 2012

New European Commission proposals to force issuers to rotate ratings agencies every three years could lead to less stable and accurate ratings.

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