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

EU strikes latest blow to terrorist funds

February 29, 2016

Accelerating the EU's fourth anti-money laundering directive will place additional burden on compliance professionals, but the rewards are clear given the need to combat the threat of terrorism, writes Kieran Beer of the Association for Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

What all regulators must do to promote financial inclusion

January 25, 2016

The annual Microscope global report on financial inclusion provides a kind of open-source regulation for fostering the right environment to give everyone access to banking and credit services, wherever they are, writes Michael Schlein, president and chief executive of Accion. 

Getting eurozone deposit insurance right promises benefits

January 4, 2016

The knee-jerk reaction from Germany overlooks the potential benefits of an EU-wide deposit insurance scheme for the whole European banking system.

Professionalism in banking: time for a race to the top

November 23, 2015

Improvements in professional culture in banking must come from within, not just from regulatory pressure.

How to address the financial market liquidity challenge

October 26, 2015

Understanding the behaviour of different participants during a shock is an essential first step to improving the resilience of financial markets to sudden periods of illiquidity.

Risk models must have a regulatory role

September 27, 2015

Banks and regulators should not depend too much on risk models, but overruling them altogether can be illogical and economically damaging.

Europe needs a proportionate rethink on bank regulation

August 24, 2015

EU bank regulation should be applied consistently on a proportionate basis that reflects the size and business model of the banks being regulated.

Working towards a new contract between banks and society

July 27, 2015

The International Chamber of Commerce's banking commission is working to maintain a dialogue between banks, clients and regulators on keeping credit flowing to the real economy.

Does psychometrics have a future in financial inclusion?

July 1, 2015

Psychometric testing could help boost financial inclusion by providing an alternative method of predicting the willingness to repay among borrowers with no credit history, according to Daniel Schydlowsky of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.

Conduct enforcement: don’t shoot the messenger

May 26, 2015

A tougher regulatory approach to individual responsibility for anti-money laundering controls could put compliance professionals in a difficult dilemma if they do not have the support of their senior executives.

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