Central banks

LCH sees notionals hit €168 trillion

Central counterparty the London Clearing House (LCH) reported record volumes and notionals last year, seeing contracts cleared up by 40% to 315 million, worth a notional value of €168.13 trillion.

On a slow road

Many in the energy industry are touting Italy as the next country in Europe to fully open its energy market to competition. But on closer examination, the country has a long way to go if it is to emulate the UK, the Nordic region and Germany. By Robin…

Approach with caution

Indicators of operational risk are not for the faint of heart, nor are they necessarily bearers of good news. But used properly and effectively, they can help businesses identify potential losses before they happen.

Op risk modelling evolves

Operational risk is devilishly difficult to model, but dealers and software vendors are making headway. Automated op risk reporting, profiling and sophisticated operational value-at-risk (VAR) modelling are finally beginning to catch-on in banks.

Basel II sets the pace for operational risk reform

Basel II is set to come into play in 2005, bringing a host of opportunities for vendors along with the new framework for banking supervision. Andrew Partridge examines the potential and some of the challenges for the suppliers and users of financial…

HKMA to form direct link to Euroclear

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and Euroclear plan to build a direct link between the HKMA’s central money markets unit (CMU) and the Brussels-based international central securities depository.

Deutsche and Fleet unveil $40 billion OTC deal

Deutsche Bank and the US' FleetBoston Financial have revealed one of the largest over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives deals in history. The portfolio deal, with a notional value of about $40 billion, was executed in June to protect Fleet from short-term US…

Will Germany scupper Basel II?

How real is Germany’s threat to veto the proposed Basel II bank capital accord if the country fails to get the concessions it wants on the accord’s treatment of bank lending to small to medium-sized companies (SMEs)?

Building for Basel

The 2005 implementation date for the new Basel II Accord – already postponed by a year – is looming large. Whilst the banking sector is steadily gearing up for the proposed changes, there are fears that some institutions may be left behind.

Building for Basel

The 2005 implementation date for the new Basel II Accord – already postponed by a year – is looming large. Whilst the banking sector is steadily gearing up for the proposed changes, there are fears that some institutions may be left behind.

A spanner in the works

The US and Germany are in a standoff over Basel II’s capital charge calculation for SME lending. Without a compromise this month, the issue threatens to derail implementation of the Accord and the European Directive.

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