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

Professionalism in banking: time for a race to the top

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

How to address the financial market liquidity challenge

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

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

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

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?

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

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.


Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China’s superpower vehicle or a harmonious Asian programme?

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has the potential to reallocate both Chinese and Western savings into projects that will boost the global economy and satisfy China's aspirations for a leadership role.

The day conduct risk came knocking

An enhanced regulatory discipline recalibrated almost two years ago, conduct risk has served as a point of confusion for firms due to the lack of prescriptive guidelines provided by the regulator. However, this is no excuse for ignoring the issue.

How secondments could improve regulation

Secondments would provide regulators with greater expertise, but potential conflicts of interest must be carefully handled.

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