Talking Point - Regulation through the credit crisis

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Avinash D Persaud, Chairman, Intelligence Capital Limited, emeritus professor of Gresham College and trustee of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, London

The credit crunch has unveiled two fundamental problems with current financial regulation. First, 'mark-to-market' requirements have forced sales of assets by some investors who thought they were good value. These sales push prices lower, forcing other investors who mark-to-market to sell.

Mark-to-market and related mechanisms such as

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