Bankers Fear Regulators Will Ignore Insurance In Operational Risk Debate

Fears are growing that bank supervisors will effectively ignore the role insurance could play in managing operational risk when they reveal their latest thoughts on the future regulation of global banking in January.

New rules -- likely for the first time to make international banks set aside capital against the complex notion of operational risk -- could result in a 'bureaucrats versus bank shareholders' clash, say some bankers and banking industry analysts.

They argue that banks that insure

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