The Federal Reserve's policy of relying exclusively on the judgment and experience of bank examiners to decide when to initiate enforcement actions is risky because "institutional knowledge can disappear in times of turnover," such as after the financial crisis, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
Banks should stress-test managers, in addition to operations and exposure, to ensure cohesive management is in place in the event of a crisis, says Peter Wall, former chief of the general staff of the British army.
Corporate borrowing levels in the leveraged-loan market are a credit risk that requires closer scrutiny, US regulators told a Senate committee. Companies are taking on higher levels of debt relative to their earnings, with few covenants to protect lenders and increasingly relaxed repayment terms, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said.
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During times of market stress, exchange-traded funds encounter an elevated risk of a liquidity crunch, experts say. "These ETF-specific risks, when coupled with an exogenous system-wide shock, could in turn amplify systemic risk, a credit negative for market participants," according to Moody's Investors Service.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence have become buzzwords in finance, and all major banks are working to leverage these technologies. "The wondrous thing about machine learning is it tends to be very useful for things humans aren't that good at and not that useful for things humans are great at. That poses an opportunity to upscale the human labor force," said Carson Kahn of Volley.
The Greater Bay Area initiative seeks to create an economic hub by harmonizing cities along China's Pearl River Delta with Macau and Hong Kong. This area is home to more than 61 million people, and the market opportunity is immense for insurers.
China sold $20.45 billion in US Treasurys in March, the biggest monthly total since October 2016, according to the US Treasury Department. China is still the biggest US creditor, despite the reduction.
A switch to low-sulfur marine fuel in January will disrupt oil and refined-product markets by one to five years, according to a Boston Consulting Group study. Prices for low-sulfur crude oil from shale fields and refiners that can process high-sulfur crude will benefit, the study finds.
Investors concerned about a slowdown in global growth and additional tariffs on Chinese goods have fueled a bond-market rally. The yield on the 10-year US Treasury fell to 2.375%, for a brief period touching an intraday low of 2.361%, the smallest yield since December 2017.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has ruled that Intercontinental Exchange can launch a three-millisecond speed bump for gold and silver daily futures. Some CFTC members and trade bodies including FIA's Principle Traders Group have criticized the move. ICE has not said when it will introduce the speed bump.
A project to connect the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange faces further delay after losing momentum in China because of Brexit concerns and the trade dispute with the US, sources say. Postponement of the Shanghai-London Stock Connect reportedly could be indefinite.
UBS hopes to harness artificial intelligence to help make Netflix-style recommendations to its investment clients, says the firm's Chris Purves. The bank has trained 350 back-office staff in automation software for functions such as clearing and settlement, and it has asked its entire investment-banking team to come up with ideas to digitize the business with a view to cutting costs.
The UK Financial Conduct Authority will not force small companies to immediately meet the Senior Managers and Certification Regime for defining responsibility for key functions when it is expanded in December, an FCA official says.
The European Commission's postponement of enforcement of the EU Benchmarks Regulation for two years is good news for Asian financial markets, foreign exchange expert John Ball says. "A large number of benchmark administrators in Asia weren't ready," he says.