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    1. April 20, 2015

      Hidden dangers that banking regulators fail to chart

      Nobody knows anything.” Applied to Hollywood, William Goldman’s words inspired optimism, but such words also apply to...

    2. April 13, 2015

      GE Capital tells a cautionary tale for shadow banks

      General Electric’s share price is still a fair way off the $42 highs that the group enjoyed in the 2007 run-up to the...

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    1. March 17, 2015

      Alternative lending set for ‘bumper’ European year

      Direct lending funds are looking to raise more than €15bn in the next 12 months, according to Deloitte, as European...

    2. March 11, 2015

      SoFi hopes to shake up mortgages online

      A new entrant to the prime US mortgage market is looking to do $1bn of business by the end of this year, in a sign of how...

    3. February 24, 2015

      Risks squeezed out of banks pop up elsewhere

      Investors are reaching for a toolkit of exchange traded funds, mutual funds and credit derivatives to make up for a dearth...

    4. February 3, 2015

      Reach for returns takes funds into the shadows

      “Holy Cow Batman, these bonds can outperform stocks!” Bill Gross wrote back in 2003. Then chief investment officer at Pimco,...

    5. January 26, 2015

      Jean-Pierre Mustier quits banking for private debt fund Tikehau

      The former investment banking boss of UniCredit and Société Générale has become the latest to quit the industry for the...

    6. January 5, 2015

      Bankruptcy fears for Poland’s credit unions

      Almost half of Poland’s credit unions are close to bankruptcy, as a collapse in the sector’s financial health strains the...

    7. December 4, 2014

      China shadow bank collapse exposes grey-market lending risk

      A sign in parchment above the locked door of Shanxi Platinum Assemblage Investment, written in calligraphy, reads “Honesty...

    8. October 30, 2014

      Shadow banking nears pre-crisis peak

      The scale of shadow banking relative to the overall economy is closing in on its pre-crisis peak even as mainstream lenders’...

    9. October 19, 2014

      China’s online lenders offer mortgage loans

      Chinese peer-to-peer lenders are venturing into mortgage loans in a bid to draw mainstream investors into an industry...

    10. October 14, 2014

      Regulators shine a light on the banking shadows

      The shadow banking system was at the heart of the financial crisis. In the meltdowns of Lehman Brothers and AIG, the...

    11. October 14, 2014

      Terms laid down for taming shadow bank risk

      Global regulators have taken a landmark step towards taming risk in a key segment of the shadow banking system, outlining...

    12. October 13, 2014

      FSB’s buzz cut for repo borrowers helps banks feel a little less bald

      Shadow banking has image problems. The Stygian name is a downer, for a start. Moreover, unconventional lending could spawn...

    13. September 29, 2014

      Insurers face home truths in a changing market

      Another day, another hit to UK insurers’ core business. A few months ago George Osborne shook up the British pensions market...

    14. September 3, 2014

      Arrowgrass hedge fund moves into electronic invoicing

      Arrowgrass Capital, the $5bn London hedge fund, is planning to develop an electronic invoicing service in the latest move...

    15. August 12, 2014

      Chinese trusts face slower growth as economy weakens

      China’s trust sector, the largest segment in the country’s expanding shadow-banking system, grew at its slowest pace in more...

    16. July 17, 2014

      Alarmists overstate China’s shadow banking threat

      Does shadow banking pose a grave threat to China’s economy – or is it merely a sign of a maturing financial system? The FT’s...

    17. July 8, 2014

      Citic launches lawsuit in Chinese metals probe

      A Chinese state-owned metals trader has sued units of Qingdao Port Group, the world’s seventh-largest port operator, as it...

    18. July 7, 2014

      End to China’s property boom has barely begun

      The Chinese property sector is in a recession. Market optimists insist it is going through an “adjustment” similar to...

    19. June 23, 2014

      Fears mount over asset managers’ shadow banking operations

      The shrinking banking sector is creating a “major opportunity” for asset managers to step into the lending breach, but...

    20. June 20, 2014

      We should find ways to love the shadow banks

      Since 2008 shadow banking assets – lending by institutions other than banks – have grown 21 per cent and the sector now...

    21. June 19, 2014

      New York Federal Reserve takes on key role in repo market

      The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has emerged as the single largest player in an important segment of the short-term...

    22. June 19, 2014

      Hedge fund chiefs and former bankers enter the shadows

      In the six years since the financial crisis, the financial services world has seen all kinds of new institutions take over...

    23. June 18, 2014

      Regulatory tussle centres on ‘repo’

      In the spring of 2008, financial regulators at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York watched in shock as money market fund...

    24. June 18, 2014

      Rulemaking proves tricky when dealing with shadow banking

      Tricky business of regulation Regulators around the world are struggling to keep pace with the constantly evolving shadow...

    25. June 17, 2014

      Shadow banks step into the lending void

      Shadow banks step into the void Warren Kanders can stop a bullet. He finds it harder to get a bank loan. The chief executive...

    26. June 17, 2014

      Banks unload risk into blind pools

      In recent weeks about 2,500 companies that borrowed more than €11bn from the German bank Nord/LB have had the main risk of...

    27. June 17, 2014

      Biomnis case sheds light on less than lenient shadow banks

      Alternative lending offers opportunities for companies to restructure their finances, but it is a path that does not always...

    28. June 17, 2014

      ‘Patient capital’ ready to exploit bond market sell-off

      Asset managers hoping to profit from bouts of bond market turmoil – now that big Wall Street banks have had their wings...

    29. June 16, 2014

      Fed looks at exit fees on bond funds

      Federal Reserve officials have discussed whether regulators should impose exit fees on bond funds to avert a potential run...

    30. June 16, 2014

      Into the shadows: Taking another path

      When Jean-Pierre Mustier thinks about shadow banking, he remembers the “dark” days before the 2008 financial crisis. Back...

    31. June 15, 2014

      The need to focus a light on shadow banking is nigh

      As progress has been made in reforming the global banking  system and as risk appetite returns to financial markets, wider...

    32. June 15, 2014

      Into the shadows: risky business, global threat

      From the window of his office, Qiao Jingshan can look out across downtown Yuncheng and see signs of new construction...

    33. June 13, 2014

      BoE widens lending access to shadow banking sector

      The Bank of England has decided upon a significant extension of the range of institutions it is willing to lend to as it...

    34. June 2, 2014

      Do not be fooled by fund rankings

      To the extent that good can come from calamity, the silver lining of the credit crunch is that it has begat an era of more...

    35. May 21, 2014

      China opens debt window for local governments

      China will allow local governments to sell bonds for the first time in two decades in a big step towards tackling a looming...

    36. May 21, 2014

      Mutual funds not guilty of systemic risk charge

      On both sides of the Atlantic, regulators say mutual funds may be “systemically important financial institutions” and...

    37. May 18, 2014

      Citic Group multiplies shadow banking exposure to $52bn

      China’s largest conglomerate by revenue has invested more than $50bn in shadow banking products over the past three years,...

    38. May 15, 2014

      Marshall Wace seeks to launch P2P fund

      Marshall Wace is close to launching a £200m peer to peer lending investment trust listed in London as it seeks to exploit...

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