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Tag Archive: FATCA


RISK is a four letter word and been fancied these days. Everyone knows about risk and every firm is accompanied bloghas best process, best standards, best people till the time an incident or big impact is not been made.

The recent example of fine imposed by the US authorities on various Investment banks like BNP PARIBAS SA, BANK OF AMERICA, RBS, HSBC, STAN CHARTED, ING, J.P. MORGAN are some of the examples of the above. Corporate are heavily investing in the compliance and in the risk management department but they forget to invest on the employees.

Risk management has become a key function in almost every large company, but all too frequently it makes an organization so risk-averse that initiative and innovation become paralyzed.  Continue reading

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How MF GLOBAL Failed

Not many people know about the convictions behind how MF global failed. This is how the destruction process works @ Wall Street and MF Global bankruptcy was one of the example of it.

They were very bad in Europe; leveraged 33:1 so there is no space of error when the firm is leveraged like that.

The three lessons that are can be shared from MF Global’s death:

  • Accounting loopholes have to be closed and oversight improved.
  • Non-bank financial firms should have a lead regulator.
  •  Rule-writers should consider “non-systemic” firms as well as “too big    to fail” banks.

But there is a contrast view to it:

More regulation, more rules, Dodd Frank/EMIR/FATCA  and to no purpose at all.

A banker wants to bet his firm on the direction of sovereign debt. If successful, we call him Soros and pat in him on the back. And if not, the firm is closed down. Regulations were pointless, because no rule book can reign in human ingenuity. Continue reading

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