Mark Wetjen

G20 leaders urged to tackle regulatory fragmentation

There is a real risk that the fragmentation of global capital markets could eventually see them grinding to a halt with all kinds of negative consequences for the real economy. This has focused the FSB and the G20 to try and come up with a solution. By Justin Pugsley.

Sahu Rita

Fed’s stress test reforms proving to be controversial

To critics, reforms of the US stress testing regime are a worrying diluting of the exercise, whilst bankers see them as a very necessary exercise in simplification and transparency. However, stress tests maybe less important than they once were. By Farah Khalique.

Pentti Hakkarainen

Concern lingers that eurozone may not be ready for another crisis

With a possible recession on the horizon, Europe’s banks are in a stronger position than they were in the run-up to the 2007-9 global financial crisis. Nonetheless, there are still worries about too many weak banks, doubts over stress tests and the failure to complete Europe’s banking union. By Farah Khalique.

Houses of Parliament

CCPs geared for ‘no-deal’ Brexit, but other markets could suffer

A UK parliamentary committee has been told that CCPs are well prepared for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario with regulators having put forward viable contingency plans. However, for much of the rest of the financial ecosystem, uncertainty persists. By Justin Pugsley.

James Phillips

Harmonising data ‘would help alleviate regulatory fragmentation’

One aspect of regulatory fragmentation is the multitude of national reporting requirements. But given that many of these requirements are based on globally agreed regulatory frameworks, there is some optimism that greater data harmonisation can be achieved. By Justin Pugsley.

European Central Bank

Latest EU stress tests reveal some concerns

The EU’s bank stress tests have become a familiar part of Europe’s supervisory processes. However, the latest exercise has raised concern over the state of some banks as well some criticism over how it is conducted

Hani Nabeel

Banks still trying to perfect ways to improve employee behaviour

Some 10 years after the global financial crisis, banks are still struggling to find the most effective measures to improve their corporate cultures to avoid misconduct


Regulators sow confusion by conjuring up conflicting ‘crypto’ rules

Crypto-currencies and assets have taken the world by storm and at such a pace that regulators have not been able to keep up. However, the rush to stay on top is seeing a raft of conflicting rules and definitions springing up across jurisdictions. By Dan Barnes

Pavan Bagai

Lessons for 2019: creating a robust risk management framework

Banks still face a mountain of regulatory initiatives to implement, but at least the last decade has given them much experience and provided plenty of lessons on best practice