Tightening up

Building a robust liquidity risk management system is the top priority at many banks and insurance companies, ahead of the expected introduction of tough new liquidity risk regulations this year and the easing of government support for many financial…

Locked out of longevity

Despite regulatory scrutiny of life settlement products and concerns over the complexity of assessing longevity risk, the institutional structured product market in the asset class is growing exponentially. But will these products ever be suitable for…

S&P to launch commodity sub-indexes amid US regulation fears

Ratings agency and financial research firm Standard & Poor’s (S&P) is to roll out two commodity-related sub-indexes that focus only on European and Asian contracts in response to fears the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will make further…

Delivering on FX

Banks in the Asia-Pacific region are ramping up their proprietary electronic foreign exchange platforms in an attempt to capture a bigger slice of Asia’s burgeoning forex business. How is the shake-up in the market progressing?

Solvency sanctuary?

Asian insurance companies have sat up and paid attention to their solvency ratios during the past two years like never before. This has led to unprecedented levels of derivatives take-up. But will this conversion to derivatives last?

Where there’s a will…

Living wills have quickly emerged as a new measure to ensure banks are better prepared for the next crisis. But clear definitions of exactly what information they should contain and how they should be drawn up do not exist. Joel Clark reports

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