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Market events make an irrational argument

December 2, 2003

Received economic wisdom is that financial markets are efficient. But looking at events of recent years, John Kay begs to differ.

Saarland to part-sell Sparkassen

December 2, 2003

The saarland may be one of Germany’s smallest states but what it lacks
in size, it makes up for in boldness. Last month, the Saarland
government shook German banking by confirming plans for the first ever
privatisation of Sparkassen (publicly owned savings banks).

ICICI targets UK through alliance with Lloyds TSB

December 2, 2003

India’s second-largest bank, ICICI Bank has set up a UK banking
subsidiary offering a range of products targeted at corporations and
high net worth individuals as well as a unique alliance with a major UK

IBM stresses need to plan for disasters

December 2, 2003

The horrendous recent bombings in Istanbul and the devastation caused
to HSBC’s headquarters there highlight yet again not only the human
consequences of such terrorism but also the impact on institutions and
systems. The challenge is how to assess the risks adequately and how to

Turkish exchange faces charges of negligence

December 2, 2003

Turkish state investigators probing the collapse of Imar Bankasi – a
medium-sized bank that was owned by one of Turkey's richest families,
the controversial Uzans – have filed legal suits against the Capital
Market Board, an agency regulating securities trading, and the Istanbul
Stock Exchange.

Testing times lie ahead for supervisors

December 2, 2003

Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, maps out the route to a stronger banking sector in China.

CEOs prescribe rapid transition for the relief of merger pain

November 3, 2003

The Banker is not trying to emulate Tatler or other society magazines with their focus on personalities. All the same, in the financial industry and beyond we constantly demonstrate that we have access to the senior players that is second to none. Last month, we featured HSBC’s chairman Sir John Bond on the cover. This month, we have interviews and input from a wide variety of senior figures, ranging from Hong Kong property magnate Vincent Lo to US Securities and Exchange Commission chairman William Donaldson, who discusses the implications of Sarbanes-Oxley in Viewpoint.

Who is regulating the regulators?

November 3, 2003

Everyone is talking about regulation and little wonder, considering the burden and cost. Over-regulation not only poses a threat to the finance industry today – it is storing up problems for tomorrow.

Madrid puts Basel II back on track for 2006 implementation

November 3, 2003

Following the Basel Committee meeting last month, the US is on side again and the accord looks likely to keep within its timetable.

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