Latest articles from Michael Imeson

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A safe harbour

March 31, 2010

Malta ranks 13th in the world for financial market sophistication, according to a World Economic Forum survey. It raised its game considerably before it joined the EU in 2004, and now enjoys the presence of many international banks, insurers and fund managers operating within an EU-compliant regulatory regime. Writer Michael Imeson

MiFID review makes bond dealers nervous

March 3, 2010

MiFID is moving up the agenda, with a major review due this year that is likely to see its post-trade transparency regime for equity markets extended to non-equity markets. Bond dealers are understandably nervous. Writer Michael Imeson

Adoption proves costly for New Zealand's banks

February 1, 2010

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has strengthened its liquidity requirements for banks. It will be expensive, but at least they'll be operating on a sounder footing. Writer Michael Imeson

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Insurance directive prompts rethink

December 30, 2009

Timetable: although RBS is selling its insurance businesses it must still meet the Solvency II directive

Banks that own insurers are preparing for the Solvency II insurance directive, which in its current form could require huge amounts of extra capital to be set aside. Meanwhile, investment banks are busy advising their insurance clients on how their risk management and capital structures will have to change as a result. Writer Michael Imeson

Canada's banks hit by insurance sales rule change

December 30, 2009

Is a bank website the same as a bank branch? Canada's finance minister thinks so, which means that banks, which are not allowed to sell insurance through branches, are to be banned from selling it online too. Writer Michael Imeson

Devil in the detail as EC prepares for next banking crisis

November 27, 2009

The next time economic disaster strikes, the EC wants an EU-wide way of dealing with the fallout. But the framework it suggests is highly complex. Writer Michael Imeson

German frenzy over capital requirements

October 28, 2009

Global regulators are drawing up tougher capital adequacy standards, but German banks do not like what they are seeing. Writer Michael Imeson

Reg Rage: Irish government backs banks with bad loan purchase

October 5, 2009

By the end of the year, Ireland's government will start buying up €90bn of highly risky land and property loans, much to the relief of the country's struggling banks. Writer Michael Imeson

Reg Rage: UK financial system set for reform

September 2, 2009

The UK government has just published proposals for wide-ranging changes to financial regulation. Although the measures will be intrusive, bankers are generally supportive. Writer Michael Imeson

Richard Groves

September 2, 2009

Richard Groves, managing director of Saudi British Bank (SABB)

Saudi Arabia's banks are reporting lower profits and higher loan-loss provisions, but business is still good, according to SABB's managing director. Writer Michael Imeson

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