Italy Opposes End of ‘Risk-Free’ Sovereign Bonds Era; Fears New Rules Will

Italy Opposes End of ‘Risk-Free’ Sovereign Bonds Era; Fears New Rules Will
As discussion unfolds within the Basel Committee on Banking Regulation over new capital rules that are expected by the end of this year, Italy is opposing a plan to abandon the current “risk-free” policy regarding the evaluation of government debt …
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The unsustainable lightness of zero-weighted debt
“Our position … has been that first, there is reason to change the present system of zero risk-weights; second, that the revision should not create undue turbulence in markets where sovereign debt is used, such as the repo market and short-term debt …
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