Latest articles from Philip Alexander

Basel market risk rules threaten capital cliff effect

November 23, 2015

The fundamental review of the trading book is due for completion by the end of 2015, but impact studies have thrown up some alarming results.


TLAC struggles for global coherence

October 26, 2015

Different jurisdictions are likely to implement different standards and legal frameworks for total loss-absorbing capital, making investor analysis challenging.

Reg Rage - Anxiety

EU goes it alone on securitisation

September 27, 2015

European Commission proposals to ease bank capital requirements on asset-backed securities have not yet satisfied the Europeans, but have already unnerved the Americans.

Introducing The Banker's Top 250 Bank Safety Ranking

September 1, 2015

The Banker's Bank Safety Ranking, which analyses the world's largest 250 banks based on characteristics that help identify their financial stability, shows the Gulf states performing well, while the eurozone periphery remains weak.

Shadow banking rules prompt gloom in Europe

August 24, 2015

End-users fear the European Banking Authority’s attempt to control shadow banking via bank exposure limits could backfire.

Round table: TLAC and risk-weights top regulatory concerns

August 3, 2015

Participants in The Banker's round table of regulation specialists at leading cross-border banking groups identify the key challenges they are facing and the impact these will have on business models.

No such thing as simple banking in Basel

July 27, 2015

Proposed rules to impose a capital charge on interest rate risk on the banking book could make managing core lending much more complicated.

US and EU still divided over clearing house rules

July 1, 2015

US and EU regulators have promised to keep working toward mutual recognition of each other’s derivative clearing houses, but there is an ideological gap to bridge.

Top 1000 World Banks 2015

Top 1000 World Banks 2015: A new global picture

June 29, 2015

Greece aside, European banks have sustained a recovery in their performance in the 2015 ranking. But the willingness of the largest European players to act as global banks is clearly declining and emerging market champions are not quite ready to assume the cross-border mantle just yet.

Top 1000 World Banks – The AQR effect sees Europe buck the trend

June 26, 2015

A rise in risk weightings in western Europe may well indicate the tougher supervision of the European Central Bank, rather than deteriorating asset quality.

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