Banks all over the world – many of them hit recently by fines for a multitude of reason concerning poor governance – are looking to change the culture within their organisations when it comes to risk. Without the right focus, however, only marginal improvements will be made.
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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.
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Greater regulatory scrutiny in Europe is compelling banks to better understand their data and consider tough strategic decisions.
Basel-endorsed centralised credit models and too-big-to-fail banks will not provide European economies with what they need, such as an increase in working capital for SMEs. Only deconglomerated banks unbound from Basel III risk management models can do this.
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