Higher ground


Regulatory responses to the financial crisis have delivered a message to market participants: size matters. Systemic risk has become a focal point for supervisors, and efforts to ward it off include placing tighter regulations on large, systemically important banks - many of which have regularly clocked up 10-digit quarterly losses since the onset of market trauma.

In some ways, this doesn't represent a huge change from existing regulatory practices, argues Rich Spillenkothen, a former director

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