Safer instability


Financial institutions across the globe face a deluge of new regulation in the wake of the financial crisis. Banks will be forced to hold a greater proportion of high-quality capital, so their solvency will not come into doubt if they suffer a big loss. They will also be required to maintain large liquidity buffers comprising highly rated liquid assets to avoid a future squeeze on funding, similar to the one that brought down UK mortgage lender Northern Rock in 2007. Meanwhile, regulators have

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