Tag Archives: Basel III

The Grand Illusion: A Strategy

Have you heard the following thought expressed recently in one way or the another, “I’m less worried about what new black swans might swim onto our screens and more worried that we will just wake up one day, peer out of our bunker of habituated indifferences to the drumbeat of troubling news and decide, suddenly, … Continue Reading

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 policymakers to encourage European banks to gorge on sovereign debt may be politically attractive in the short run while being fundamentally a horrible … Continue Reading

MORE ON OPPORTUNITIES IN EU BANKLAND

Last week, I spoke in London at a conference, “Investing in Bank Assets” sponsored by the Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME). The Conference had a titillating, if a tad alarming, subtitle “The European Purge Begins”. The question is, of course, is it true?  The purge, I mean.   Is there a European purge afoot, and … Continue Reading

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE 2011 RECAP: AND THE (ANNUAL) GOLDEN TURKEY AWARD GOES TO….

With Thanksgiving approaching and the holiday season in full swing, we here at Crunched Credit would like to present our annual “Golden Turkeys”. The Golden Turkey for the Most Confounding Regulation: The Premium Capture Reserve Account Back in March, the credit risk retention NPR was released. Perhaps the most unexpected (and unwelcomed) part of the … Continue Reading

Commercial Real Estate 2010 Recap: And the Golden Turkey Award Goes To…

 With Thanksgiving upon us and the holiday season in full swing, we here at CrunchedCredit.com would like to present our “Golden Turkeys”, noting certain special contributions to the ongoing resurrection of the Commercial Real Estate Finance industry. The Golden Turkey for the Best Self-Inflicted Wound: FASB Hands down, this goes to the Financial Accounting Standards … Continue Reading

Basel III: Big Deal or Not

If there’s a worry bead left to worry, hold it in reserve for Basel III. Basel III (its informal name – it’s actually a patch job on the never really fully implemented Basel II) is the most recent effort by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision to fix the worldwide financial system. I am far … Continue Reading
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