Asian banks face hedging threat


Hong Kong -- The Basle II bank capital adequacy accord could stop Asia's banks from hedging risk, resulting in their being shut out of the global banking system entirely, says Paul Sheehan, Hong Kong-based co-head of Asian bank research at US investment bank Lehman Brothers. The problem is particularly acute for banks in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea, Sheehan told a Hong Kong seminar on the impact of Basle II in July.

Sheehan said higher risk weightings of up to 150% for

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