Latest articles from Banking, Regulation & Risk

Too much of a good thing?

July 4, 2005

The UK’s Financial Services Authority has set the template for regulation around the world but it has recently come in for criticism from politicians and market players for overdoing the red tape. How justified are the claims? asks Nick Kochan.

Pricing could be a key in competition

June 6, 2005

The Banker examines reports on the price of basic banking services across the globe and the role of pricing in bank profits.

Central European giant looks to Balkans for new borrowers

June 6, 2005

With central Europe already wrapped up, Erste Bank is having to look for ways to make its mature Czech and Polish markets more productive – and for new clientele, writes Robert Anderson in Prague.
Erste Bank’s dramatic expansion drive from Austria into the rest of the old Hapsburg Empire has now reached maturity. Last year it became the largest financial provider in central Europe in terms of assets, after already leading in terms of customers.

Spanish banking jewel’s flexibility makes it a target

May 2, 2005

Banco Popular’s competitors may be gaining ground but the bank is still an attractive acquisition target. Chairman Angel Ron talks to Karina Robinson about strategies for SME and consumer finance business and why he is betting on staying independent.

The message gets through

April 4, 2005

After a slow start, banks are more optimistic about mobile phone financial services finally taking off, with contactless payment methods such as text messaging now on offer. Wendy Atkins reports from the 3GSM show in Cannes on some recent developments.

BETH GOLDEN, Global Head of Compliance, Bear Stearns

April 4, 2005

Beth Golden is refreshingly candid about the challenges of her new job. She, too, was formerly a deputy of Mr Spitzer and her legal background includes work on the Whitewater case. “It’s a steep learning curve for me,” she says.

ERIC DINALLO, Head of Regulatory Group, Morgan Stanley

April 4, 2005

Morgan Stanley’s response to the regulatory overload was a bit different from other Wall Street firms. The bank appointed a special head of regulatory matters to help co-ordinate the regulatory effort. Eric Dinallo, a former deputy of Mr Spitzer, was the man chosen for the job.

DAVE DEMURO, Managing Director of Global Compliance & Regulation, Lehman Brothers

April 4, 2005

Dave DeMuro has been at Lehman Brothers for two decades but nothing could have prepared him for the past few years. “The pace of rule-making is approaching the speed of light,” he says. “The pace of change and level of expectation from regulators have put enormous pressure on compliance personnel. The work is harder, both in terms of hours on the job and stress levels, because the stakes have become so high.”

THE NEW MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

April 4, 2005

As they cut back investment bankers’ jobs, Wall Street’s bulge bracket firms strengthened their compliance departments to cope with growing regulation and scrutiny, and the rising salaries have begun to attract staff from regulatory bodies into corporate territory. By Sophie Roell.

The big squeeze

April 4, 2005

As regulation tightens, banks are taking a firm stand. While acknowledging some rules are necessary, they want some room to manoeuvre. Michael Imeson reports.
The law of unintended consequences has once more been at work. International regulators, bent on constraining the global financial services industry with ever more laws and rules, have unwittingly helped to bring about the creation of a powerful counterforce, the International Banking Federation (IbFed). Its main purpose: to protect the vital interests of banks around the world from harmful legislative and regulatory action and other threats.
The banking industry accepts that much regulation – domestic as well as international – is necessary and, although there is a great deal of regulation that is of borderline use and cumbersome in its approach, they can live with it.

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