Risk magazine - Volume21/No5

Banks urge pro-cyclicality review

The subprime crisis has sparked fears that regulators may insist on banks holding higher regulatory capital, a result some bankers insist would choke off lending and push the global economy into a recession.

On thin ice

Following the near-collapse of Bear Stearns, even trades conducted with interbank dealers can no longer be considered risk-free. With so much of the derivatives market concentrated in the hands of a few dealers, what would happen if a major counterparty…

BoE reveals £50bn liquidity facility

Banks have welcomed a scheme by the Bank of England (BoE) aimed at improving the balance sheets of UK financial institutions. The £50 billion facility, announced on April 21, will allow financial institutions to swap illiquid mortgage-backed securities…

Derivatives face regulatory scrutiny

The derivatives industry faces a period of heightened scrutiny by regulators, mirroring the supervisory review in the wake of a series of mis-selling scandals in the 1990s, warn bankers.

Cloud cover

Grid computing was seen as the answer to resource-intensive risk management tasks, such as derivatives pricing, scenario simulation and stress testing. But some firms are now looking at cloud computing - vast collections of computing and data resources…

BIS to modify Basel II rules

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision is to make changes to the Basel II capital framework in response to the ongoing financial crisis. The modifications are expected to include the upping of Pillar I regulatory capital requirements, as well as the…

EC outlines changes to CRD

The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on more than 50 technical changes to the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD).

Flight plan

British Airways' Group treasurer, George Stinnes, talks to Alexander Campbell

FSF calls for rating agency changes to aid market

Banks, investors and rating agencies are bracing themselves for a barrage of new regulatory guidance, consultation papers and capital charges in the wake of a report by the Financial Stability Forum (FSF) on April 12, which made a series of…

Regulators push for operations changes

The derivatives industry is facing regulatory demands to improve operations-related issues. In recent weeks, both the President's Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG) and the Financial Stability Forum (FSF) have pushed dealers to enhance the…

Really too big to fail?

Are bulge-bracket investment banks really too big to be allowed to fail? Despite the upheavals such a failure would cause, the consequences may have been overblown, argues David Rowe

Banks pushed to change incentives

Banks are coming under increasing pressure from regulators, politicians and bank shareholders to review their pay and bonus structures to ensure traders are not incentivised to take excessive risks.

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