South Africa



At the heart of South Africa's banking system lies a handful of world class financial institutions. The likes of Absa, FirstRand, NedCor and Standard Bank have kept pace with many of the world's most sophisticated banks in their Basel II implementation efforts to date. In fact, the recent acquisition of Absa by the UK's Barclays Group has prompted the bank to push for the advanced internal ratings-based approach, as opposed to the foundation approach. The rest of the country's top-tier banks

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Calibrating interest rate curves for a new era

Dmitry Pugachevsky, director of research at Quantifi, explores why building an accurate and robust interest rate curve has considerable implications for a broad range of financial operations – from setting benchmark rates to managing risk – and hinges on…

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