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In this issue

Currencies: Companies make plans in case the euro collapses

Capital rules: Regulators seek to harmonise banks’ weighting models

Overview: Banks look to insurers for lessons

The sector weathered the crisis well, thanks to access to funding – in the form of premiums – and the high-quality assets held

Credit in the UK: Policymakers recognise SMEs need more funding options

Not only are banks less willing to lend, companies are more wary of borrowing too, writes Sharlene Goff

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M&A: Liabilities shift from sellers to buyers

Both sides of a transaction are increasingly resorting to protection, says Anousha Sakoui

Currencies: Companies make plans in case the euro collapses

Andrea Felsted says it is becoming more difficult to find ways to protect against this contingency

Financial reforms: Regulators aim to make ‘middle office’ a safer place

Telis Demos notes that many of the details of new measures remain hotly contested

Modelling: Normal distribution is not always the norm

‘Value at Risk’ techniques made banks too sanguine. Tracy Alloway presents some alternative ways of forecasting problems

Swiss Re: A Swiss circle – restraint, aggressive growth and then ‘back to basics’

Haig Simonian reviews the reinsurer’s varied strategies over the past 10 years

Capital rules: Regulators seek to harmonise banks’ weighting models

There are widely differing ways of calculating exposure, reports Brooke Masters

US markets: Playing it safe has been expensive this year

The S&P 500 recorded a 12% gain in the first quarter, while buyers of US Treasury bonds lost money, says Nicole Bullock

Consolidation: There are few large deals on the horizon

Most activity has affected smaller, weaker groups, writes Alistair Gray

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