The Bracken column

Bracken

The Bracken column is named after Brendan Bracken, the founding editor of The Banker in 1926 and chairman of the modern-day Financial Times from 1945 to 1958.

Latest articles from Bracken

The ECB’s NPL proposal highlights the need for a rethink on regulation

November 27, 2017

The European Central Bank’s guidelines regarding non-performing loans are the result of an irregular process and mean more compliance headaches for banks, writes Giovanni Sabatini of the European Banking Federation.

Close co-operation can slam the door on fraudsters

October 30, 2017

With both the second Payment Services Directive and the UK Competition and Markets Authority plans for open banking coming into effect in January 2018, firms are under pressure to balance customer convenience and customer protection to maintain their place in the market, writes Jonathan Hoey, partner at UK law firm TLT. 

Europe’s Single Resolution Mechanism is a recipe for instability

September 25, 2017

Recent bank bailouts show that the Single Resolution Mechanism is woefully inadequate, writes Jean Dermine, professor of banking and finance at graduate business school Insead. 

The public-private solution to the Asean's infrastructure conundrum

August 28, 2017

After a spell of economic success, the 10 member-states of the Association of South-east Asian Nations face a more challenging future due to both infrastructure deficiencies and a rapidly changing demographic. Don Kanak, chairman of Eastspring Investments, explains why businesses and governments must come together to confront the issues. 

Risk management in the banking sector: the role of management accountants

July 24, 2017

Risk management is a permanent fixture of the financial world, so it is wise to take the smart approach to hiring management accountants, writes Andrew Harding of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

The importance of a Brexit adaptation period and a capital markets union

July 3, 2017

BNY Mellon's Michael Cole-Fontayn calls for the financial community to unite in urging policy-makers to mitigate disruption during Brexit, and ensure the preservation of open financial markets.

Banks should heed ECB guidance on bad loans

May 29, 2017

Europe is stooped under the weight of its non-performing loans. However, the European Central Bank has now issued detailed guidance on managing NPLs that could be adopted as bank strategy, says Conor Houlihan of law firm Dillon Eustace.

Should the UK pay financial rewards to whistleblowers?

May 2, 2017

UK authorities have so far balked at the suggestion of introducing significant US-style financial rewards for whistleblowers. Hannah Laming of law firm Peters & Peters asks if it is time for a rethink.

Financial exclusion: an unintended consequence of derisking

March 27, 2017

Outdated legislation and unclear government policies mean less developed countries are the ones to suffer as a result of anti-money laundering strategies.

Embracing technological innovation can safeguard and improve financial industry's future

February 27, 2017

Although technology can sometimes feel like a threat, financial institutions that embrace it can slash costs, reduce cyber risks and better meet customer needs, says Timothy Adams of the Institute of International Finance.

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