Cutting capital

European banks, both wholesale and retail, are taking advantage of a new range of third-party tools to help them measure and control their credit exposures. The aim is not just to reduce their risks, but also to reduce their capital requirements, in some cases by meeting the advanced approaches for credit under Basel II.

Germany’s Commerzbank is implementing a system for measuring the credit exposure of derivatives trades. The system, called Credient and supplied by New York-based SunGard Tra

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