financial risk

Banks’ State Debt Pile at Stake as India Braces for Basel Battle

The Reserve Bank of India is bracing for a fight on proposed changes to the global regulatory framework that would hit the country’s lenders with higher capital charges for the mountain of government debt on their books. Tighter rules would bite India’s banks, already struggling with surging bad loans and higher provisions. With nearly 30 [...]

By |July 20th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Regulator sounds new alert on banks’ property lending

A top US regulator has sounded a new alert over banks’ commercial real estate lending, adding to concerns that bubbles may be forming in parts of the country’s property market. Thomas Curry, comptroller of the currency, used the watchdog’s twice-yearly report on financial risks published on Monday to warn about looser underwriting standards and concentrations [...]

By |July 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Nation’s largest banks all pass Federal Reserve ‘stress tests’

The U.S.’ largest financial institutions have enough armor to withstand the turmoil of a major and prolonged U.S. and global recession, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

Source:  Los Angeles Times, 2016/06/24

By |June 28th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Sovereign debt rule changes threaten EU bank finances

Fitch says lenders’ capital requirements might rise by 30%

Source:  FT, 2016/06/08

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

China steps up war on banks’ bad debt

Value of loans-for-bonds programme surges by $100bn in two months

Source:  FT, 2016/05/22

By |May 24th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Sovereign funds ignore climate risk

The world’s largest government-backed investment funds have been accused of ignoring the risks climate change poses to their portfolios despite warnings it could hurt returns and make high-carbon investments worthless.

Source:  FT, 2016/05/02

By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Sovereign-Debt Debate Divides EU as Schaeuble Pushes for Limits

European Union finance ministers split over whether to impose restrictions on banks’ holdings of government bonds, as German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble found scant support from skeptical colleagues for his push to overhaul existing rules.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/04/23

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

EU to discuss capping banks’ sovereign debt exposure -document

European Union finance ministers will discuss putting a cap on banks' exposure to sovereign debt when they meet next week, an EU document said, confirming what officials told Reuters earlier this week.

Source:  Reuters, 2016/04/15

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Sovereign-Debt Conundrum Sets Up EU for Banking-Union Stalemate

Europe’s drive to deepen integration of the euro-area banking system has bogged down as policy makers debate ways to rein in banks’ holdings of government debt.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/04/14

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Global bond default tally hits highest level since 2009

The global bond default rate by companies is running at its highest since 2009 with the US accounting for the vast majority, according to rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

Source:  FT, 2016/04/08

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |