Central banks

OpenLink establishes Berlin office

OpenLink, a US-based financial and energy trading risk management solution provider, plans to set up an office in Berlin, in order to consolidate its eastern European client base and better serve central European clients.

Basel moves on disclosure

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision recently announced two significant revisions to its new capital adequacy framework (new Basel Capital Accord or Basel II), which are set to have positive and far-reaching implications for the global banking…

Decline in OTC derivatives for Singapore

Over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives turnover in Singapore has fallen 44% in the last three years, the Singapore Monetary Authority (MAS) has reported to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Average daily OTC derivatives turnover was $6.3 billion…

Pro-cyclicality in the new Basel Accord

Could Basel II worsen recessions? By backtesting the proposed capital rules to the last recession, D. Wilson Ervin and Tom Wilde argue that the increased risk sensitivity of loan portfolio regulatory capital in the new Accord could have unwelcome…

Basel regulators put op risk charge below 15%

Global banking regulators will cut to below 15% from 20% the benchmark figure on which they intend basing the controversial operational risk capital charge they propose for large international banks from 2005.

Fed arranges swap deals to smooth liquidity

The US Federal Reserve has agreed temporary swap arrangements with the European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada designed to help international banks meet any shortfall of dollars needed to settle market positions created by…

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