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Bail-In, or Just Bailing?

You know, there’s never a dull moment when one reports on the regulatory states’ endless and so often fruitless and wrong-headed tinkering with the global economy. So now… let’s talk bail-in. The bail-in regime, which was...more

4/26/2016 - Bail-In Provisions Bankruptcy Code EEA EU Financial Regulatory Reform

Brushing up on Brexit – Do I Care?

The referendum on whether the UK leaves the European Community is increasingly a Today issue. With a vote on June 23 the reality of a UK exit is getting harder to ignore. I’m not sure what I think about this from my...more

4/1/2016 - EU Referendums UK UK Brexit

Three Things You Should Know about Negative Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve announced last Wednesday that it is leaving the federal funds rate where it is, for now. While the United States is pondering interest rate hikes, other parts of the world are plunging further into...more

3/24/2016 - EU European Central Bank Federal Reserve Interest Rates

Risk Retention: Flash – These Rules Don’t Work!

As we begin to close in on the initial implementation of the Risk Retention Rule, we are looking beyond the headlines and trying to figure out how the Rule will actually work.  The result is troubling....more

10/13/2015 - Banking Sector Collateralized Debt Obligations Collateralized Loan Obligations EU European Commission Financial Institutions Market Participants Mortgage-Backed Securities Risk Retention Securitization Securitization Vehicles

The Regulatory State: May We Have A Little Humility, Please?

The Great Equity Correction of 2015 that is now being enjoyed by all of us is a correction, and not the beginning, of the Great Bear Market of 2015 (from my lips to God’s ears). It reminds me of just how little we know about...more

9/14/2015 - Banking Sector China Commercial Real Estate Market Dodd-Frank Equity Markets EU Financial Markets Financial Regulatory Reform Liquidity Public Policy Regulatory Standards Securitization Volcker Rule

Grexit Deferred: The End of the Beginning for Greece?

For want of a baker, a job was lost. For want of a job, the economy was lost. For want of an economy, the banking system collapsed. For want of a banking system – well, ultimately Grexit....more

7/20/2015 - EU Eurozone Financial Crisis Germany Greece

Grexit Deferred: The End of the Beginning for Greece?

For want of a baker, a job was lost. For want of a job, the economy was lost. For want of an economy, the banking system collapsed. For want of a banking system – well, ultimately Grexit....more

7/20/2015 - EU Eurozone Financial Crisis Germany Greece

Europe and Its Common Currency: It’s Really Over… But Not Today

I’ve written about Europe a lot over the past couple of years and not out of just a Schadenfreude enjoyment of watching a slow motion disaster far from our shores but because it seems to me that really matters, both in terms...more

3/4/2015 - EU UK Concurrency Regime

The Continuing European Banking Crisis and Hidden Capital Shortfalls

Who says that Europeans don’t get Halloween? After more than a year in the making, the European Central Bank (“ECB”) just finished its most recent stress test and found that pretty much everything was kinda OK. Sure, a few...more

11/7/2014 - Banking Crisis Banks EU European Central Bank Stress Tests

EU Banks –Dog Bites Man, Again

The Financial Times reported on April 2 that the Eurozone Banks continue to load up on sovereign debt; generally, the debt of their respective host countries. A few days later, the Financial Times reported a bevy of talking...more

4/22/2014 - EU Eurozone Foreign Banks Shadow Banking Sovereign Debt

European Sovereign Debt and the Clogging of the Banking System

Jens Weidmann, president of Deutsche Bundesbank, recently wrote a terrific piece in the Financial Times, making the point that the Faustian bargain between European sovereigns, their national banks, the ECB and EU...more

10/17/2013 - Banking Sector Banks EU European Central Bank Sovereign Debt

The European Bank Loan Trade Is Not Yet Done

Here at Dechert, we have seen a slow but steady work stream over the past several years in assisting institutions in either buying or selling of pools of financial assets. Just recently, we advised Wells Fargo Bank in...more

9/6/2013 - Banks EU Loans Trade Policy UK Wells Fargo

The Consequences of a Failed Banking Union

I told the Blog team that I had sworn off writing about Europe for a while; but really. The FT opinionized last week that the EU ministerial decision to agree on a standard “bail-in” to fix broken European banks was a good...more

7/12/2013 - Bailout Banks Economic Downturn EU FDIC Foreign Banks

Cyprus: Yesterday's News

As we predicted a few weeks ago (see link below), Cyprus has rapidly fallen off the screen. Back to business as usual, based upon an iron-willed refusal to see the spreading cracks in the edifice of the common market...more

4/17/2013 - Central Bank of Cyprus Cyprus Bailout EU European Commission

Cyprus: Not the Archduke Ferdinand Moment, This Time

Among the more technical topics we cover in this Blog, we keep an eye on Europe as we fundamentally continue to worry that Europe’s disease could infect our markets. As I write this, Cyprus is trying to sort out the terms of...more

3/26/2013 - Bailout Banking Crisis EU

Crunched Credit - January 2013

Below are links to some recent CrunchedCredit posts,including a preview of next week’s CREFC conference inMiami. For more information or to subscribe, visit us atCrunchedCredit.com. You can also sign up to receiveemail alerts...more

1/14/2013 - Borrowers CREFC Debt Dodd-Frank EU Eurozone Insolvency Investors Lenders

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