Japan's financial regulator to scrutinize banks' stress tests

May 10, 2016

Japan's financial regulator to scrutinize banks' stress tests

The nation’s financial regulator is stepping up oversight of its biggest banks while stopping well short of imposing the type of intrusive stress tests that have been adopted in the U.S. and Europe. Unlike the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, which conduct ...

BOJ considered negative side of minus rates: minutes

May 9, 2016

BOJ considered negative side of minus rates: minutes

Some Bank of Japan policymakers warned in March of “adverse effects” of negative rates, citing anxiety among financial institutions and depositors, meeting minutes showed Monday. After the minus rate policy was adopted in late January, these members said it had become difficult for market ...

Bangladesh Bank heist used compromised SWIFT software

Apr 25, 2016

Bangladesh Bank heist used compromised SWIFT software

The attackers who stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank probably hacked into software from the SWIFT financial platform that is at the heart of the global financial system, said security researchers at British defense contractor BAE Systems. SWIFT, a cooperative owned by ...

Apr 12, 2016

Negative rates failed to boost bank lending in March

Loan growth slowed to the weakest pace in three years in March, signaling the central bank’s introduction of negative interest rates has yet to spur credit in the world’s third-largest economy. Loans, excluding trusts, rose 2 percent from a year earlier, slowing from 2.2 ...