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A Systemic Approach to Systemic Risk

As India officials look at the international debate on "too-bigto- fail" issues they should reflect on the more general problem that while there is now universal familiarity with the words systemic risks, systemic resilience and macro-prudential action, there is precious little agreement on their meaning. To make the financial system safe we need to shift the focus away from an obsession with the component parts, and focus more on the system as a whole and how we can make it work as a system that transfers risk from places with limited capacity for those risks to other places with greater capacity.

political pressures led the risk-weights for lending to housing and all Eurozone government bonds to be xed at articially low levels. The RBI has long been attentive to these aws in international banking regulation but previously had no voice in their development.

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