Capital punishment?


The quarterly gatherings of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision are rarely subject to as much anticipation as this month’s meeting, scheduled for December 8–9. As senior regulators and central bankers descend on Basel, Switzerland to put the finishing touches to a bumper package of controversial changes to Basel II, observers are naturally anxious to see the detail of those reforms. When they are published, probably in early 2010, the industry will have a final chance to fight its corner

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