Editorial: The opportunity cost

Author: | Published: 23 Sep 2015

Since the first drafts of post-crisis reforms appeared in government corridors, many have feared that lawmakers are too focussed on regulating the past. Some of the initiatives thrashed out during those first months – the G20's 2009 Pittsburgh agreement on centralised clearing for OTC derivatives, for example – are so sensible that their pre-2007 regulatory situation now seems inconceivable. But others – like the EU's clampdown on repo – suggest they are so intent on preventing yesterday's crisis that making, often misguided, changes at the margins is considered...