Central banks

Regulatory turf war hits Congress

A battle for influence among US financial regulators broke out in Congress on July 24, as they testified before a Congressional committee on the merits of the Obama administration's proposals for regulatory reform.

Leverage ratios are "counterproductive", says IIF

In a new report on how to strengthen financial regulation, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) has proposed some measures directly at odds with options currently being explored by regulators in both Europe and the US.

Doubt over Fed’s ability to limit systemic risk

The Obama administration’s proposals for safeguarding the financial system place the US Federal Reserve at the heart of a new regulatory regime for systemic risk, but some former regulators are sceptical of the Fed’s ability to carry out the job.

Anglo-Irish CDS widen on buyback plans

The cost of credit protection on Anglo Irish Bank soared this week, rising to 679.1 basis points (bp) from 628.9 bp on July 3, as the bank announced plans to buy back billions of pounds and euros in Tier 1 and Tier 2 securities.

Basel implementation chief: no need for Basel III

Modifications being made to Basel II are sufficient to tackle the flaws in the framework and "we are certainly not going in the direction of Basel III", according to the chair of the standards implementation group of the Basel Committee on Banking…

The art of debt

Governments across the globe face huge increases in borrowing requirements, sparking concern over possible rating downgrades, while many have seen their credit default swap spreads widen dramatically. Despite this, sovereign debt management offices claim…

Central concerns

The European Central Bank (ECB) has been pumping liquidity into the financial markets since August 2007, extended the list of assets eligible as collateral for credit operations and cut rates to record low levels. Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Paramo, a member of…

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