Basel III

Shadow Banking: The $67 Trillion Threat to the U.S. Economy

Shadow banking. The name alone sounds ominous -- and it should. Operating out of the spotlight of regulation, the shadow banking system could, given the right conditions, leap from its dark, financial hiding place and bring the U.S. economy to its knees, just like it nearly did in 2008.

Jamie Dimon Quickly Filets the London Whale's Costly Trades

After all the furor surrounding JPMorgan Chase's $2 billion-plus loss on a massive derivatives bet, it now looks like it mya have been "tempest in a teapot" after all. JPMorgan has already exited 70% of the "London Whale" positions that got the bank into hot water.

Will Banks Start Raising Dividends Soon?

The Federal Reserve may soon start letting some banks boost their dividends again, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal that cites anonymous sources.

UBS, Credit Suisse Face Tougher Capital Rules

UBS and Credit Suisse Group will have to almost double their capital holdings because Switzerland has set out to further tighten the reins on its megabanks, requiring them to hold capital well in excess of new international standards agreed upon in the Basel III rules.

Why Basel III's New Bank Capital Rules May Be Irrelevant

International bankers are hammering out the Basel III agreement, which will require banks to keep more capital in reserve relative to what they invest. It's a good idea, and one that would cushion the financial system from the next bust -- if the rules weren't being pushed so far into the future.

Global Deal Reached on Bank Finance Reforms

The so-called Basel III reforms impose new rules for capital reserves that the world's banks would have to keep on hand as a cushion to avert future financial meltdowns. The G20 nations are expected to ratify the agreement at their meeting in November.