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.

Latest articles from Bracken

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.

The Financial Stability Board goes snark hunting

Regulating specific risky activities in the financial sector is more useful than trying to identify systemic non-bank, non-insurance institutions.

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.

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