Eduardo Epperlein

Bank trading book moves closer to being workable

A raft of proposals in a consultation by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision covering the bank trading book have gone down well, leaving non-modellable risk factors as among the last major areas where the industry still needs to make a persuasive case for change. By Justin Pugsley.

Tim Lind

Data pooling for NMRF proves challenging for industry

On the face of it data pooling looks like an ideal solution to enable banks to ensure certain illiquid instruments they trade don’t become non-modelable attracting large capital charges in the process. But in practice, making this work is proving to be far from easy.

National Bank of Australia

Australian banking scandal focuses spotlight on regulatory regime

A sense of complacency around financial regulation has become established in Australia following a quarter of a century of unbroken economic growth. However, a series of banking scandals is making the authorities there question the country’s supervisory regime

Marcus Schueler

IOSCO final bond trading report has echoes of MiFID II

IOSCO’s final report on secondary corporate bond markets was widely welcomed by the industry and is seen as a good template for creating more harmonised regimes around the world

EU flags

EU needs ‘big bang’ approach to NPLs

A committee of academics advocates for EU authorities taking quick and decisive action to clean up non-performing loans and to provide some debt relief to struggling member states

David Strachan

Concern around pension schemes as UK banks race to meet ring-fencing deadlines

UK banks are on track to separate their investment banking arms from their retail units with each institution picking its own path. However, there is some controversy over which part of the bank will house the pension scheme. By Farah Khalique.

Tom Jenkins

Hong Kong OTC derivatives consultation aims to keep it aligned with global rules

Hong Kong has just closed a consultation on its over-the-counter derivatives regime and though it will have a marginal impact on global firms, it is nonetheless important so the jurisdiction stays in line with global norms.

Nairobi

African regulators ponder changes to support fintech

Supporting the unbanked will require a careful nurturing of new ideas if Africa is to develop more champions like M-Pesa, and that also means altering regulatory structures to support innovation. By Dan Barnes.

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