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Commerzbank's bold move is a blueprint for other German banks

March 23, 2011

Commerzbank’s bold liability management exercise – the first to address Basel III at both ends of the capital structure – shows that banks need not wait for national and European regulators to finalise minimum capital requirements. It also serves as a possible blueprint for Germany’s other banks to strengthen their capital base.

Basel III drives operational risk rethink

March 18, 2011

As banks prepare for the implementation of Basel III, operational risk management needs to be a key area of focus.

Tony Lomas

How to unwind a bank: the debate over living wills

March 17, 2011

The UK authorities have the lead on a key aspect of post-crisis regulatory thinking, commonly called 'living wills', but a pilot project has thrown up many challenges.

Andrew Coyne, global head of prime brokerage, Citi

Decision time on FX CCPs

March 8, 2011

Two central counterparties are currently being built to clear foreign exchange options. There is a great deal of preparation to be done.

Davos 2011

Focus on growth, bankers warn WEF

February 16, 2011

Bankers were back in force at this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Professing to be largely in agreement with regulators and policy-makers, they nonetheless warned of the perils of getting regulation wrong and the need to move on from banker-bashing and to focus on growth

Wu Tang-Chieh on Taiwan banks' Chinese launch

January 31, 2011

Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission vice-chairman discusses the regulatory body's top priorities, which include preparations to launch Taiwan's banks into the Chinese market.

Chris Murphy, global head of rates derivatives and swaps trading at UBS

Regulation and interest rates create hedging uncertainty

January 31, 2011

Sharp divergences of opinion on the trajectory of interest rates in 2011 make life difficult enough for borrowers and investors, but regulation is providing an extra layer of ambiguity.

Prop desk drawing

Rearranging the prop desk

December 23, 2010

Banks are reticent to discuss the consequences of the US's new Volcker Rule, restricting proprietary trading. While some analysts predict dire results for market liquidity, others suggest that bank leaders privately welcome the opportunity to pull out of risky prop-trading activities. Writer Silvia Pavoni

Still on track? The EU flag is carried from Germany to Poland. How long it will take the euro currency to follow suit is up for debate

Poland seeks answers to the euro question

December 23, 2010

Polish policy-makers appear to be pushing the prospects for euro adoption further into the future. But this still leaves the country's banks with a dilemma about how to respond to client demand for retail loans in foreign currencies. Writer Philip Alexander

Financial regulatory systems made simple

December 23, 2010

While the worst seems to be over for the financial sector, this is not a time for complacency or a return to business as usual. With the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act last July, US banking is entering a new era - but a workable system must be based on simplicity.

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