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Knowing how to avoid the mistakes of the past is crucial
Regulators have unwittingly weakened rather than strengthened European lenders
European lenders should not be tempted to delay as they did after the 2008 crisis
Regulators and investors should be sceptical of paper profits generated by high bids
The collapse of PMI-Altria talks is a rare bright spot amid dealmaking juggernaut
When a single number becomes all important investors should be wary
As long as continent-wide deposit insurance remains out of reach, mergers will be risky
Acting on the now affects activities where the payback is over years, not months
The global regulator has not delivered post-crash rules that all institutions can apply
There is ample evidence that gender diversity is good for profits
The focus should be on building investor trust in estimated loan losses
It might be assumed that investors prefer lighter banking rules — not necessarily
Yet they appear unable to consolidate towards higher profitability, writes Simon Samuels
Basel committee takes aim at traditional lending and the response is ferocious, writes Simon Samuels