The Great Debate UK

from UK News:

Pru’s Asian misadventure: a cautionary tale

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2010

PRUDENTIAL/By Clara Ferreira-Marques

Prudential's ill-fated Asian adventure has left the company and its management badly bruised. But it has offered at least two valuable lessons for ambitious executives tempted onto the acquisition path by post-crisis, "once-in-a-lifetime" deals.

New UK coalition deserves 7 out of 10

By Hugo Dixon
May 13, 2010

– Hugo Dixon is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

from Commentaries:

Do banks really need to hoard liquidity?

October 7, 2009

That's the provocative question posed by Willem Buiter. His latest, characteristically lengthy, blog post tackles the regulatory vogue for forcing banks to hold much greater reserves of liquid assets - in practice, government bonds.

from Commentaries:

Turner is right to take on swollen banks

August 27, 2009

So the watchdog can bark after all. Adair Turner, chairman of Britain's Financial Services Authority, says the financial sector has "swollen beyond its socially useful size". That is a striking statement for any financial regulator, particularly one that counts promoting London's financial centre as one of its goals. Identifying the problem, however, is the easy bit. Reversing decades of financial expansion will require global agreement on tough new rules, and the determination to make sure they are consistently enforced.

One cheer for Darling’s reforms

July 8, 2009

REUTERS– Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own –

Barclays’ conjuring trick

March 30, 2009

– Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own –