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.

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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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Why better models do not always lead to better decisions

Executives who live with uncertainty should resist the fallacy of arithmetic precision when making investment decisions, says Georgios Samakovitis of the University of Greenwich.

Alternatives to project finance in Africa

Financing an infrastructure project in Africa is not for the faint-hearted, but the continent is looking for alternative ways to fill the shortfall of funding available from global banks, writes Musonda Chibwe Kapotwe of Citigroup.

A way to reduce the margining burden of derivatives clearing

The netting of swap payments against variation margin would reduce liquidity requirements in cleared transactions, according to clearing house risk expert Stephen Elliott.

The right focus will bring the right risk culture

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.

The leverage ratio could become UK banks' binding constraint

UK plans to use the leverage ratio for countercyclical and systemic capital buffers could throw the future of additional Tier 1 securities into doubt.

Russia sanctions bring new wave of compliance risks

The speed and scope of sanctions imposed on Russia since the start of the crisis in Ukraine have forced many companies to enhance their compliance infrastructure and rewrite contracts to restrict potential liabilities from sanctions breaches.

The asset quality review: a bitter pill for banks

Greater regulatory scrutiny in Europe is compelling banks to better understand their data and consider tough strategic decisions. 

Reform, not banking regulation, will increase lending to SMEs

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.

The London Gold Fix: crossing the regulatory Rubicon?

A regulatory over-reaction to allegations of gold market manipulation could deal a fatal blow to the commodities trading desks of investment banks that are already in retreat.

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