Commodity trading houses face questions over systemic risk


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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