The Impact of Basle II on the Dealing Community

At a conference I attended recently, the analogy used to describe the forthcoming Basle II directives was that of supplying a racing car driver with more information on his dashboard, but at the same time removing his steering wheel. This prompted much discussion as to the real effects of the forthcoming accord, which is deliberately directed at two key areas of risk: credit risk management and operational risk management.

As far as the major financial institutions are concerned, Basle II pro

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