David E Rutter

The future of finance isn’t completely centralised or decentralised, it’s hybrid

Interest in decentralised finance, or ‘DeFi’, is booming in the technology world. The term has invited enthusiasm, scepticism and curiosity, in equal measure. There is no doubt that the technology could be host to a number of exciting applications. At its core, DeFi rests upon the central principle of disintermediation, and this could have many benefits, including the democratisation of finance. 

Mark Lancelott

Meeting consumer expectations for more sustainable finance

Financial services firms have a lot on their plate. They need to adjust to greater uncertainty, technology that changes faster than ever and customers who expect more and more flexibility. We believe sustainability is central to this new normal – pressure is coming in the form of consumer demand so firms and regulators must step up. 

Daniel Alexie HS

Will digital currencies cause a financial cataclysm?

The phenomenal growth of the global digital currency market has made headlines throughout this year. No surprise, perhaps, given that its aggregate value has surged from $800bn to $2.3tn during that time. This raises the question as to whether or not they represent a serious systemic threat. 

John Glen

UK seeks to reintroduce regulatory competitiveness mandate

In its second major consultation on financial rules, the UK Treasury set out a vision of crafting a nimbler regulatory framework to support the country’s competitiveness and drive towards decarbonising the economy. 

Christopher P Buttigieg

The rationale for an EU fund depositary passport

The creation of the internal market in the field of financial services was primarily established on the principle of mutual recognition between member states, which is contingent on different levels of harmonisation and supervisory convergence. Authorised financial services operators are granted a passport to provide products and services across the EU based on a notification to the host regulator but without requiring additional authorisations in the host member state. 

Fed should consider acting through FICC for US Treasury market stability

Expanded central clearing, may need to be implemented by regulators to help address liquidity weaknesses in the US Treasuries market so it can better withstand disruptive events such as the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Randall Quarles

Quarles resignation leaves more gaps in Fed’s leadership

In a statement on November 8, Randal Quarles announced his resignation as the Federal Reserve Board’s first vice chair for supervision, and is to stand down at the end of December, potentially complicating the central bank’s management structure.

Sunak COP26

COP26 gives climate finance a further boost

The high profile COP26 conference, which ended on October 12, is likely to accelerate the use of climate finance and will see financial regulators act with greater urgency to green the financial system, according to industry sources.

FINMA sees real estate as top threat to the Swiss financial system

Six significant risks to Switzerland’s financial system have been identified in the 2021 Risk Monitor from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), with mortgages and real estate markets remaining a top concern. 


FCA grants another Libor reprieve to fend off potential market disruptions

Fears of potential market disruption has prompted the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to temporarily allow the use of ‘synthetic’ sterling and yen London interbank offered rates (Libor) for legacy contracts referencing the benchmark that are not changed before December 31. But this will not apply to cleared derivatives.