Commodity trading houses face questions over systemic risk

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Since 2008, regulators have been scouring the earth for potential threats to the global financial system. That has taken them beyond the usual suspects in the banking sector – insurers, for example, have lately been caught up in the floodlights. On July 18, the Basel-based Financial Stability Board (FSB) added nine large insurers to its list of global systemically important financial institutions (G-Sifis) – a term for companies that are deemed too big to fail. The insurers joined 28

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