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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.

‘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.

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