Obama plan could hurt U.S. banks-Swiss banker

January 25, 2010

   ZURICH, Jan 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposals to split traditional banking activities from riskier areas will harm U.S. banks without international co-ordination, a prominent Swiss banker said in Monday’s Financial Times.
   While financial sector stability is crucial to the U.S. recovery, targetting its banks unilaterally could hit their perceived competitiveness, Patrick Odier, chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association, was quoted as saying.
   “Rather than breaking up institutions it could be more appropriate to make use of risk-adjusted capital requirements,” he was quoted as saying.
   Odier, a senior partner at Geneva-based Lombard Odier, was upbeat on the outlook for Swiss private banking, and said adequate regulation had underpinned the robustness of the country’s financial system.
   “I think the outlook is positive,” he said. “The Swiss financial centre has done well during the crisis and weathered the turbulence much better than some others.” (Reporting by Martin de Sa’Pinto; Editing by Greg Mahlich) ((zurich.newsroom@reuters.com; +41 (0)58 306 7462; Reuters Messaging: martin.desapinto.reuters.com@reuters.net))
Monday, 25 January 2010 06:51:13RTRS [nLDE60O037] {C}ENDS

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