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Basel capital showdown pits US against Europe
Basel regulators are trying to finalise changes on how to calculate banks’ risky assets. But US and Europe are at loggerheads about what these should look like. After postponing a decision in January, and failing to reach a conclusion in early March, a compromise is proving to be tricky.
New regulation to drive innovation in payments
On 13th January 2018, the new European Directive on Payment Services “(EU) 2015/2366” comes into application. With just under a year to go, financial services providers are gearing up for change. What will be ‘PSD2’‘s immediate effect and longer-term impact on the payments market?
Are ECB's negative interest rates effective?
The ECB’s measures, including negative interest rates are proving to be effective in increasing inflation and reducing the overall risk in the economy. However, banks should adapt continually to the changing environment by adjusting their business models as well as reducing their operating costs and non-performing loans, to stay resilient in the long term.
The commodities super-cycle: What’s next?
Paul Gardner, head of structured commodities finance at Westpac, believes that while banks play an important role in managing risk in the commodity supply chain, consumers are also at the forefront of driving change in the commodities super-cycle.
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