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Banks welcome Basel accommodations on trading book

April 25, 2018

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision is in listening mode and has granted some important concessions about how the bank trading book should be governed – but banks are still concerned about non-modellable risk factors. By Justin Pugsley.

US Treasury shies away from radical overhaul of resolution process

March 21, 2018

The US Department of the Treasury released a report on February 21 detailing suggested reforms to US bank resolution mechanisms, but the recommendations were more notable for what they do not want to change than what they want to amend. By Justin Pugsley.

Auditor questions ECB’s framework for identifying failing banks

February 21, 2018

Auditors claim the European Central Bank has a number of flaws in the way it identifies banks that are failing or likely to fail. Although these are unlikely to seriously hinder a resolution, there are questions to be answered. By Justin Pugsley.

MiFID II’s soft launch leaves loose ends

January 23, 2018

MiFID II has been one of the most hotly anticipated pieces of European financial regulation. Its launch in January did not disrupt markets, but questions linger over whether it will meet its objectives. Justin Pugsley reports.

Basel IV’s done – now comes the hard part

December 18, 2017

The Basel Committee negotiators finally got there. The so-called Basel IV framework has been agreed and is not as harsh as many bankers had feared, but now comes an even harder part: implementing it consistently across the world. By Justin Pugsley.

Moves to change interest rate benchmarks trigger contract concerns

November 27, 2017

Regulators are working to change the interest rate benchmarks, which underpin many of the world’s derivatives and structured finance products. But doing so could result in legal issues with longer dated contracts. By Justin Pugsley.

Data protection rules set to clash with MiFID

October 30, 2017

Disparate regulatory frameworks clashing is nothing new, but the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which was not drafted specifically with banks in mind, is going to clash with other frameworks such as MiFID II, writes Justin Pugsley.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency wades in on the Volcker Rule

September 25, 2017

The largely unpopular Volcker Rule in the US, designed to restrict proprietary trading by banks, is up for review, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency taking the lead in what could result in regulatory relief for the banking sector. By Justin Pugsley.

UK extends conduct reforms to smaller firms

August 28, 2017

The UK is proposing to extend its senior managers and certification regime to another 46,000 or so firms, which is both good and bad news for firms, but if nothing else it should improve standards of conduct. By Justin Pugsley.

Bringing ethics and transparency to the FX markets

July 24, 2017

The world’s leading central banks have decided to raise integrity and transparency levels in the vast foreign exchange markets with a new code of conduct. And given the current mood music around market conduct, it probably has a good chance of being adhered to despite its voluntary nature. By Justin Pugsley

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