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08 March 2013
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  Morning Bell 
  • EU benchmark-rate inquiries at "advanced stage", official says
    Eric van Ginderachter, director of cartels at the European Commission, says the commission's investigations into alleged manipulation of benchmark interest rates, such as the London Interbank Offered Rate, are "at an advanced stage". The commission hasn't taken action against banks, brokers or others suspected of manipulation. Bloomberg (07 Mar.), Reuters (07 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
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  Industry News 
 
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
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  Regulatory Roundup 
  • BoE maintains bond-buying programme
    The Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England has kept its bond-buying programme unchanged, but policymakers discussed implementing more radical initiatives to bolster the economy. "The economy is not quite weak enough to justify more [quantitative easing], or indeed other forms of monetary easing, just yet," said Martin Beck, an economist with Capital Economics. "But with fears that the economy will enter a triple-dip recession still very present, further action by the bank in the next month or two is likely." Bloomberg (07 Mar.), Reuters (07 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OCC's Pasch voices concerns about banks' capital models
    Ron Pasch, an official at the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, says regulation of financial institutions should be adjusted to ensure greater consistency in capital models. "What you hope -- when you ask banks to run the same trades through their models -- is that you get similar results, and that was really about trying to ensure we have consistency in the application of the Basel standards," said Pasch, a member of the standards-implementation group at the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. "What we found, though, was that even when we have the same portfolio running through various models, there were a range of outcomes. And the range was significant." Risk.net (subscription required) (07 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AFME News 
  • Early-bird registration is open: AFME 6th Annual European Post-Trade Conference
    Registration is open for AFME's 6th Annual European Post-Trade Conference, scheduled on 23 May at the Lancaster London hotel. This event brings together eminent speakers from across the industry, including senior operations executives and key regulators, and offers insights into crucial developments in the post-trade space and their impact on the industry.

    Register to secure your place.
    • Early-bird member rate (available until 11 April): £299
    • Early-bird nonmember rate: (available until 11 April): £609
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