Financial Regulatory Forum

Asia regulators say G20 reform driven by U.S., Europe

By Reuters Staff
November 29, 2010

By Daisy Ku and Rachel Armstrong

HONG KONG, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The lack of a unified Asian voice in the Group of 20 leading economies means the United States and Europe are driving the overhaul of global financial regulation with several of the new rules posing significant challenges for emerging markets, regulators said in a regional summit on Monday.

SNAP ANALYSIS-Swiss give fresh momentum to contingent bonds

By Reuters Staff
October 4, 2010

RTXSLHY_CompBy Jane Merriman

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Contingent capital got a boost on Monday as Swiss regulators said these bonds, which convert to equity when banks are in trouble, could help bolster the capital base of Credit Suisse and UBS.

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-Implementation key to Basel III success

By Reuters Staff
September 13, 2010

By Huw Jones

LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The global “Basel III” deal on bank capital standards was reached at lightning speed by usually glacial regulators — substantive negotiations took about a year, compared to a decade for the current Basel II rules.

ANALYSIS-Europe’s banks loath to jettison cash ballast for returns

By Reuters Staff
August 13, 2010

By Steve Slater

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Some of Europe’s banks are faced with the unusual problem of holding too much cash as they try to lift sluggish returns, and few will dare to eat into capital until well into 2011 amid an uncertain regulatory outlook.

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-Europe’s banks face harsh reality of Basel III jolt

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2010

By Steve Slater, European Banking Correspondent

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – New rules on bank capital will jolt the industry and could force European lenders to raise more cash and restrain returns, dividends and pay for at least the next two years, analysts and industry sources say.