from The Great Debate UK:

How will the privatisation of RBS and Lloyds affect gilt supply?

By Guest Contributor
June 4, 2013

--Sam Hill is UK Fixed Income Strategist at RBC Capital Markets. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from Felix Salmon:

Europe’s insoluble problems

By Felix Salmon
November 25, 2011

Mohamed El-Erian is calling for massive recapitalization of the banking system:

The global financial system is being refined "day in and day out," El-Erian said, and as a result the balance between public and private is shifting and regulation is altering. "This is not being done according to some master plan," but in reaction to a series of crisis management interventions.

from James Saft:

Britain eats (leverages) its young

November 22, 2011

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

Four years, several failed banks and at least one global recession later, Britain has finally discovered what its young people need: 19-1 leverage.

from Felix Salmon:

When investment banks hire risk-takers

By Felix Salmon
September 15, 2011

Matt Taibbi is quite right about the $2 billion of rogue-trading losses at UBS. Basically, investment banks hire for risk-takers; they shouldn't be surprised when this kind of thing happens.

from Felix Salmon:

Dimon vs Vickers

By Felix Salmon
September 12, 2011

It's beyond ironic -- closer to moronic, really -- that Jamie Dimon would give an interview to London's very own Financial Times, complaining that international bank-regulation standards are “anti-American,” on the very day that the Vickers Report -- Robert Peston calls it "the most radical reform of British banks in a generation, and possibly ever" -- is released.

from Felix Salmon:

How the UK wants to deal with its biggest banks

By Felix Salmon
June 14, 2011

In the Republican presidential debate last night, there was unanimity on most issues, including the new orthodoxy on the right that bank regulation -- like any other regulation, for that matter -- is a Bad Thing, and a sign of the government overreaching. It's important to remember that this is not the way that right-wing parties behave elsewhere in the world. Consider for instance the UK, which seems to be cracking down on banks in a manner which would make even Barney Frank blush:

from Felix Salmon:

Dealing with Britain’s overpaid bankers

By Felix Salmon
January 13, 2011

Bagehot has a very odd column about Britain's overpaid bankers. Part of it is spot on:

from Felix Salmon:

Immoral bankers

By Felix Salmon
December 14, 2010

The UK's Institutional Investor Council has issued a blistering report on the excessive fees that investment banks charge companies to issue new shares -- fees which one issuer are "usually immoral". It certainly seems that way, looking at this chart: fees have been steadily increasing over time, even as the discount at which the new shares are issued has got larger and larger. The bigger the discount, of course, the less risk taken on by the underwriter, since the more that the share price would have to plunge overnight in order for the underwriter to risk losing money on the deal.

from The Great Debate UK:

EU stress tests: for banks or governments?

July 19, 2010

- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from Felix Salmon:

BP: Now more evil than Goldman Sachs

By Felix Salmon
June 23, 2010

There will be rejoicing in the corridors of Goldman Sachs tonight: BP has finally overtaken it in the most-loathed company stakes! Yes, Goldman is still plumbing depths rarely seen in the modern era. But BP, even after putting aside $20 billion and grovelling to the president, continues to implode: it's now hit a level of -47.6 in the latest BrandIndex poll. That's not far from Toyota's low point, which was -52.7 at the end of March, but it's going to be a much harder fight back for BP than it was for Toyota.