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

M&A – the missing piece of the regulatory puzzle

The regulation of the global financial sector should be extended to include intensive monitoring of merger and acquisition deals, which are a key source of instability.

EU tightens grip on national financial regulation

The Court of Justice of the EU's rejection of British attempts to appeal against a European short-selling ban could signal a new degree of harmonisation on financial regulation.

The expanding role of deposit insurance in the financial safety net architecture

Deposit guarantee schemes are vital to maintaining retail customer confidence in the banking system and it is logical to give them a greater role in bank resolution.

Full steam ahead with Emir reporting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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