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BoE Financial Stability Report

Bank of England Financial Stability Report, June 2013. Executive summary For much of the period since the previous Report, prices of risky assets rose and balance sheets across the financial system strengthened. More recently, however, asset prices have fallen and financial markets have been volatile, reflecting shifting expectations of the path of monetary policy in [...]

Uncertainty at the Fed as Markets Oscillate

Uncertainty at the Fed as Markets Oscillate. By JAMES B. STEWART. It can’t have been the send-off that the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, was hoping for. “He’s already stayed a lot longer than he wanted or he was supposed to,” President Obama told Charlie Rose in an interview that was broadcast on June [...]

A Governor looks back – and forward

A Governor looks back – and forward. Speech given by Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England. At the Lord Mayor’s Banquet for Bankers and Merchants of the City of London at the Mansion House. June 2013. My Lord Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen: Chancellor: thank you for those generous words. It has been a [...]

Banking Commission publishes report on changing banking for good

A parliamentary commission attempts nothing less than a fundamental change in banking’s culture. In 1856 Royal British Bank, a colossal fraud described by this paper as “an extraordinary example of the little trouble the public take to think for themselves,” collapsed. A wave of laws and banking regulations followed its demise. Among them was a [...]

BoE Quarterly Bulletin

Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin 2013 Q2. ​Contents of Quarterly Bulletin 2013 Q2 Each article is available as a separate pdf file;  click on the appropriate title to access the relevant file.  Alternatively you may download the complete issue. Complete issue (3.17MB) Topical articles Research work published by the Bank is intended to contribute to [...]

ESMA and the EBA publish final principles on benchmarks

10 Jun. ESMA and the EBA publish final principles on benchmarks. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) have published their final report setting out their Principles for Benchmark-Setting Processes in the EU. The Principles are designed to address the problems identified with benchmark-setting processes and will provide benchmark [...]

The Transaction-Tax Climbdown

04 Jun. The Transaction-Tax Climbdown. Europe discovers the costs of its latest financial levy. European governments are figuring out that taxing financial transactions won’t be a magical money machine and that the proposed levy might even damage the European economy. Reuters first reported Thursday that EU officials are scaling back a transaction tax proposal supported [...]

The Economist – The Good Bank

The Economist – The Good Bank. The Good Bank is a unique project organised by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to examine how banking can better serve the needs of society. It will bring together experts to discuss and share ideas on what makes for a Good Bank and to participate in a conversation about [...]

ECB Financial Stability Review May 2013

29 May. ECB Financial Stability Review May 2013. Stress in the euro area financial sector has fallen from previous peaks. Several indicators suggest that euro area systemic stress is at its lowest point in two years. ECB policies have been a key factor underpinning this decline in stress. To consolidate this recent progress, further fundamental [...]

Banks’ Lobbyists Help in Drafting Financial Bills

27 May. Banks’ Lobbyists Help in Drafting Financial Bills. By ERIC LIPTON and BEN PROTESS WASHINGTON — Bank lobbyists are not leaving it to lawmakers to draft legislation that softens financial regulations . Instead, the lobbyists are helping to write it themselves. One bill that sailed through the House Financial Services Committee this month — [...]

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