Financial Regulatory Forum

BREAKINGVIEWS-Obama reforms could undermine global bank rules

By Reuters Staff
January 25, 2010

G20/ By Peter Thal Larsen and Hugo Dixon

LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters Breakingviews) – The overhaul of the global financial system has entered a new, more complicated phase. For two years, a fragile multilateralism has prevailed as the world’s largest economies agreed that changes should be designed and adopted on a global basis. The task of redesigning financial regulation was largely delegated to central bankers, regulators and other technocrats.

Basel group wants stricter bank standards by 2012

December 17, 2009

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), central bank to the world's central banks, and parent organisation of the Basel Committee on banking supervision. By Sven Egenter and John O’Donnell

ZURICH/BRUSSELS, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Banks face having to hoard more funds or turn to investors for fresh capital within as little as three years under proposals by a body which guides global financial regulation.

Global regulators to give banks grace period on capital rules – sources

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2009

By Noriyuki Hirata and Krista Hughes

TOKYO/FRANKFURT, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Global regulators will give banks a grace period before forcing them to implement stricter capital rules, three people said on Wednesday, easing concerns that lenders might need to issue massive amounts of shares in the near future.

EU shelves plan to unveil disputed bank reform for now

By Reuters Staff
October 16, 2009

European Commissioner in charge of Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy speaks during a news conference at EC Headquarters in Brussels September 23, 2009. (file photo)REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet   (BELGIUM POLITICS BUSINESS) By John O’Donnell and Huw Jones
BRUSSELS, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The European Commission has abandoned plans to publish laws on bank capital rules this month, the EU executive said, amid a dispute that puts a question mark over its centrepiece reform to the way banks work.

EU banks must have cash buffer for crisis – regulators

September 22, 2009

By Huw Jones
LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Banks in the European Union must have a cash buffer to survive the first month of a crisis, regulators said on Tuesday, sparking industry concern that cross-border groups will face a new patchwork of rules.

Banks eye clock on tougher capital rules, may face pressure to act soon

By Reuters Staff
September 8, 2009

Governor of the Bank of Italy Mario Draghi, who also chairs the international Financial Stability Board, speaks during the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) annual meeting in Tel Aviv June 10, 2009. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen By Huw Jones and Steve Slater
LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Banks face pressure to raise billions of dollars in fresh equity to meet tough new capital rules and many European lenders may need to act soon to improve quality even though the proposals will not be fully felt for several years.
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International regulators agree on new bank rules

September 6, 2009

bis    BASEL, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Central banks and regulators of the world’s leading economies agreed on a set of new banking rules on Sunday aimed at preventing future financial crisis. (more…)

ECB officials defend Basel as US plans replacement

By Reuters Staff
September 4, 2009

Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer attends a conference organized by the Paris Club and Institute for International Finance (IIF) on the impact of the crisis on emerging and developing countries in Paris June 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – European officials defended the globally-agreed Basel II capital rules for banks on Friday despite a U.S. call for its replacement with a sweeping new regime within three years.
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ECB’s Noyer says leverage ratio makes no sense as trouble signal

By Reuters Staff
September 1, 2009

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The idea of a simple leverage ratio to help anticipate financial crises is unlikely to work, European Central Bank governing council member Christian Noyer said on Tuesday.

Basel panel sets higher capital rules for bank trading books

By Reuters Staff
July 13, 2009

BASEL, Switzerland, July 13 (Reuters) – The Basel Committee published the final version on Monday of its new rules that will force banks to tie up more capital to offset trading book risks from the end of 2010. (more…)