The Great Debate UK

The UK should not waste its fiscal crisis

By Hugo Dixon
April 7, 2010

hugodixon–  The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own  –

Banks too big to fail, but not too big to change

By Chris Morling
February 15, 2010

Chris Morling, MD money.co.uk- Chris Morling is managing director of money.co.uk. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from The Great Debate:

Watch banks for clues on Greece

February 9, 2010

-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. --

As odd as it sounds, concerns about the effects of a euro zone sovereign crisis on Europe's still poorly capitalized banks may prove to be the tipping point that leads to a swifter bailout of Greece.

Glass-Steagall Lite, brewed by Volcker, served by Obama

January 25, 2010

Laurence Copeland

- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from Breakingviews:

Europe’s banks will suffer less from U.S. tax

January 14, 2010

-- Margaret Doyle and George Hay are Reuters Breakingview columnists. The opinions expressed are their own. --

from Breakingviews:

Bank liability levy may not be foolish

By Hugo Dixon
January 13, 2010

A levy on bank liabilities would get the industry squealing - especially if it approached $120 billion. But the Obama administration isn’t crazy to float the idea. A well-crafted tax could help recoup bailout costs while also giving banks an incentive to behave more sensibly. It doesn't have to apply just to the United States, either.

from Breakingviews:

Four factors to determine bank returns

January 5, 2010

larsen.jpgWhat is an acceptable return on equity (ROE) for a bank? That question is likely to dominate the debate among executives, investors and regulators in the coming year. After the spectacular losses of the crash, there is no doubt that banks' future returns should be lower than the super-charged profits earned during the credit boom. But if ROEs fall too far, the consequences could be severe.

from The Great Debate:

In praise of smaller banks, less volatility

December 17, 2009

-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. --

If we want a world with safer banks, we need to be prepared for the consequences; lower growth over a painful medium term but the promise of making it up over the long run as we suffer less devastating financial blowups.