Profile: Credit Suisse's de Boissard on capital efficiency, Basel III and bank strategy

The adjustment bureau

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When rival dealers spoke about Credit Suisse towards the end of last year, they did so with an awkward mix of pity and delight: the bank’s third-quarter earnings, released on November 1, showed the investment banking division had lost Sfr190 million ($199 million), and included a pledge to halve risk-weighted assets (RWAs) for the fixed-income business – the number from which capital is calculated.

In his accompanying presentation, the bank’s chief executive, Brady Dougan, explained why

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