Merkel urges more far-reaching financial regulation

Oct 28 2012, 00:26 IST
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SummaryGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the world’s top economies to push ahead with further financial regulation, saying that not enough had been achieved so far.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the world’s top economies to push ahead with further financial regulation, saying that not enough had been achieved so far.

The global financial crisis has prompted an overhaul of regulation in almost every part of the financial system from over-the-counter derivatives to bank capital requirements.

But Merkel said in her weekly podcast that more was needed.

“In my view, we are not where we ought to be yet,” she said. “We had planned to regulate every financial centre, every financial actor and every financial market product. Significant progress has been made but the rules have not yet been implemented everywhere and we are still missing further areas.”

The chancellor pointed to “shadow banks”, or non-bank financial institutions that are less regulated than banks, as an area where progress needed to be made. “For instance the regulation of shadow banks will hopefully be concluded at the next G20 meeting,” Merkel said.

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