Financial Regulatory Forum

Is the medicine for financial services turning out to be worse than the disease?

By Guest Contributor
September 9, 2011

By Susannah Hammond

LONDON/NEW YORK , Sept. 9 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Almost three years on from the fall of Lehman Brothers and the widespread public bail-out of financial services the world is looking grim. In the white heat of the crisis itself jurisdictions, policymakers and governments moved together to resolve the worst of the immediate issues and bought global financial services time to heal. While some recovery and mending of balance sheets has certainly taken place, global financial services continue to suffer at the hands of divergent policymakers, international recessions and sovereign debt crises.

COLUMN – So, banker, how much do you get paid?

By Guest Contributor
January 7, 2011

Bank Street, LondonBy Keith Mullin, Editor at Large, International Financing Review; the views expressed are his own

Basel’s Bark May Be Slow to Bite

By Guest Contributor
September 15, 2010

BASEL-BANKSBy Erik Krusch

(Westlaw Business) – Between bank capital raises and media coverage, the Basel III era may be upon us. After months of anticipation, and more than a little dread on the part of banks, it is true that the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) has finalized the Basel III bank capital ratios and other measures. But not so fast. With history as guide, it’s apparent that there is a real gap between Basel-driven standards and actual implementation.

ANALYSIS-Big banks winners from new contingent capital move

By Reuters Staff
August 27, 2010

By Jane Merriman

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Plans to make hybrid bond investors share the pain when banks run into trouble could polarise the financial sector into big firms that can afford to pay up for capital and smaller players that cannot.

PREVIEW-Basel under gun to divulge bank rule details earlier

By Reuters Staff
July 9, 2010

By Huw Jones

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Global regulators gathering next week to finalise tough new bank capital rules face increased pressure to be more open after the market’s positive response to greater transparency over European bank stress tests.

Euro rescue could help banks in regulatory battle

By Reuters Staff
May 10, 2010

By Lionel Laurent and Huw Jones

PARIS/LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – A $1 trillion rescue package to stabilise the euro could bolster European banks’ negotiating power as they attempt to fight stricter regulatory capital requirements they expect will hurt economic growth.

ANALYSIS-Bank capital rules are regulatory drive’s top test

By Reuters Staff
May 4, 2010

By Huw Jones

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) – This month could bring overdue progress in a global drive to regulate the financial sector in the European Union and United States, but the acid test for policymakers will be agreeing global bank capital rules.

ANALYSIS – Tough Basel rules to boost banks’ long-term allure

By Reuters Staff
January 26, 2010

By Dominic Lau

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Stricter global banking rules will add to short-term headwinds facing European banks and hurt their shares, yet details being hammered out could make them more alluring for more risk-averse long-term investors.

ANALYSIS – Shadow banks hold key to post-Basel bank profits

By Reuters Staff
January 26, 2010

By Kevin Drawbaugh

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Bank profits are set to come under serious pressure at the end of 2012 from higher global capital and liquidity standards, but just how bad it gets depends greatly on the future of the “shadow banking system”.

EU watchdogs to conduct system-wide bank stress test

By Reuters Staff
January 26, 2010

BRUSSELS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – European Union banking supervisors will again test of the banking system’s ability to withstand shocks, a top regulatory official said on Tuesday.