The Bracken column


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

Full steam ahead with Emir reporting

January 2, 2014

Counterparties to derivative trades have a wide range of considerations to think through in less than two months before new European regulations come into force.

Why it is time to kill the Basel illusion

November 25, 2013

Banks, regulators and consultants are all trying to preserve a Basel capital measurement that relies on a discredited process of risk-weighting assets.

Europe needs a strict regulatory supervisor

Europe needs a strict regulatory supervisor

October 28, 2013

Without any legal authority over banks, the European Central Bank must act quickly if it is to maintain any influence in its role as a regional regulatory supervisor.

Why bankers are losing faith in the bonus system

September 23, 2013

As bankers lose confidence in the link between their performance and their pay, their attention turns to work-life balance instead.

Look to the futures market to solve carbon tax conundrum

August 27, 2013

When it comes to the issue of global warming, a carbon tax that forces all sides to put their money where their mouth is on the futures market could help to resolve a long-running debate.

How to save international banking

July 29, 2013

Shifting regulatory responsibility away from international bodies and putting it into national hands is threatening the globalised nature of banking. The banking community should instead be concentrating on broadening and strengthening the remit of international supervisors.

Better technology would bring better banking supervision

July 1, 2013

The process for deciding upon and implementing global reforms could be made much more effective and time efficient if the global supervisory community invested more in technology, which would improve both international communications and data collection and analysis.

A good time to start a new bank in the UK?

May 28, 2013

The UK's financial regulators are seeking to encourage more competition in the country's banking sector by making it easier to establish a new bank, but there are non-regulatory barriers as well.

An Icelandic lesson of recovery for Cyprus

April 29, 2013

The problems that have beset Cyprus this year have an all too familiar ring to them, but the post-crisis reaction to its economic problems by Iceland show how a full investigation into the causes of a financial crisis are essential to enable a new system that is fit for purpose to be established.

How can European banks make themselves investible?

March 22, 2013

More radical steps are needed in reforming the structure, ownership and incentives for banks to make them a more attractive long-term investment.

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