A recap of the informed opinions (and the discussions they generated) on BankThink this week.
Most banks' websites are believed to be free of the much-publicized security flaw, but network devices, servers, mainframes and mobile apps could still be at risk.
Without meaningful transparency on banks financial reports, regulatory capital ratios and living wills, anyone writing about bank earnings is a willing actor in banks quarterly earnings Kabuki theater.
Under its aggressive quantitative easing program, the Fed is borrowing short-term and investing long-term, exposing itself to severe interest rate risk when short-term rates rise, writes former Fed economist Scott Hein.
Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., urged regulators on Wednesday to tighten restrictions on banks involved in physical commodities markets.
Smaller bank holding companies are faced with a potentially significant problem if their risk controls are judged insufficient for the current regulatory environment.
Banks identified as systemically important to the global economy face tighter rules on how much business they can do with each other as part of a push to limit the chance a single failure would drag down multiple lenders.
As the U.S. and Europe impose sanctions against Russia, western banks are keeping closer tabs on their business dealings in the country. JPMorgan Chase's temporary hold on a Russian Embassy payment and the disruption of VISA services for SMP Bank could be just the tip of the iceberg.
Bankers are kidding themselves if they think bank-like supervision will ultimately catch up with nonbanks. Expect to compete on the current playing field, however uneven it may be.
Banks are likely to protest new Basel rules that would require them to hold more capital against their exposure to central counterparties, but the standard is necessary to prevent the fast-growing counterparties from becoming "too big to fail."
A devastating security flaw in the internet could bring added risks to banks' online and mobile apps.
Care deeply about the price at which you make an investment, whether it's in your own shares or another company's. Don't delude yourself about how great the future will be. And look for empirical evidence that you have an "edge", rather than simply assuming it.
As the bells toll for Windows XP today, millions of computers used for online banking will no longer receive security updates. Microsoft has warned users that a failure to upgrade could expose them to fraud, but some observers say the concerns are overblown.
On its surface, the initial plan for a central bank looked like a fair deal for a country as geographically spread out as the United States. What did not receive publicity was the way in which it was structured to provide an easy supply of money to the nation's biggest banks.
Regulators cannot seem to understand that the changes effected by technological advances and modern risk management techniques have evolved banking practices and banking institutions into a new profession.