Full steam ahead for the EU in 2017 on Banking Regulation and Capital Markets Union

  • Posted on 19th December 2016
Full steam ahead for the EU in 2017 on Banking Regulation and Capital Markets Union

2017 is set to be a year of acceleration in the pace of regulation of the financial services sector at global and European levels. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is making steady progress on plans including a leverage ratio surcharge for global systemically important institutions (G-SIIs). The Financial Stability Board (FSB) is also consulting on guiding principles and…

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Membership vs access: Why words have meaning for the future of UK financial services and the Single Market

  • Posted on 26th July 2016
Membership vs access: Why words have meaning for the future of UK financial services and the Single Market

Some of the UK political instability following the EU Referendum in June is beginning to dissipate. A new Prime Minister, reshuffled Ministerial teams, and reshaped Government machinery are in place. A timetable of sorts for the next steps is beginning to form, ie. no triggering of Article 50 to commence the departure negotiations, during this calendar year, but likely early…

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Out of the low growth trap: the limits of central bank power in boosting economic output

  • Posted on 6th June 2016
Out of the low growth trap: the limits of central bank power in boosting economic output

Last week’s gloomy Global Economic Outlook from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) raises further questions on the degree of reliance placed by policymakers on monetary policy as an engine to boost output in a low growth, ultra-low inflation, economic environment. Markit Economics’ recent study of combined PMI indicators for the UK and the Eurozone indicated growth…

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The CMA Interim Report on Remedies: A more competitive UK retail banking sector or missed opportunity?

  • Posted on 27th May 2016
The CMA Interim Report on Remedies: A more competitive UK retail banking sector or missed opportunity?

Last week’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) set of interim recommendations on the UK retail banking sector represents the culmination of nearly two years work from the new competition regulator analysing plans for structural, market, and anti-trust reform of the industry. It is important to remember the political context which gave rise to the enquiry. Firstly, campaigns against high rates…

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The Single Rulebook and why it matters for financial services in the UK

  • Posted on 27th April 2016
The Single Rulebook and why it matters for financial services in the UK

One of the key policy responses to the financial crisis which led to the Great Recession was the subsequent action taken by EU Heads of Government through the European Council in June 2009 to strengthen the regulatory system governing all financial services providers within the Single Market area. In establishing a new European Banking Authority (EBA), within a European System…

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Major banks on the move with Blockchain – huge development amid renewed economic flux

  • Posted on 13th April 2016
Major banks on the move with Blockchain – huge development amid renewed economic flux

These are key months in the future of financial services, and for the power of traditional banks in the global economy. The recent Citigroup report spelled out in clear terms the potential of Blockchain technology, which underpins the digital currency Bitcoin, to revolutionise financial services way beyond payment and remittance services, into asset management and insurance. The report modelled projected…

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