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

Building mutual trust is crucial to the future of European banking

November 1, 2018

Europe's member states need to trust that both they and the region's banks have the necessary risk reduction in place if the banking union is to succeed, writes Timothy Buenker of the European Banking Federation.

After Cambridge Analytica, where next for open banking?

October 1, 2018

In a climate of increasing caution around data sharing, David Gardner of law firm TLT asks how banks can reconcile new initiatives with the need to safeguard customer information.

Why banks must be wary of Russian sanctions risks

September 3, 2018

Increasingly tough and complex Russian sanctions carry many hidden risks for lenders, write Collyer Bristow’s Robin Henry and Anna Battams.

Bracken: Harnessing interconnectedness as a force for good

August 1, 2018

The post-crisis focus on ensuring systems are separated by internal risk ‘buffers’ is being questioned, as distributed ledger technology promises to bring benefits to banks, regulators and businesses. But can anything interconnected also be safe? Dixit Joshi investigates.

Swiss ‘no’ does not end international debate on monetary reform

July 4, 2018

It is up to academics and policy-makers to educate the public on the benefits of greater state control of money supply, says Martin Brown, professor of banking at the University of St Gallen.

Final checks for financial institutions post-GDPR deadline

June 1, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation is now here, and financial institutions need to ensure they are fully prepared if they are to avoid major fines. Adam Mertz gives his checklist for compliance.

Basel risk limits will not curb rogue traders

May 1, 2018

The Basel Accords oblige banks to use two methods to measure and limit risk – value at risk and expected shortfall – but research shows these are insufficient to curtail the behaviour of rogue traders. Damiano Brigo and John Armstrong suggest a different approach. 

The UK's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation: a new sheriff in town?

March 22, 2018

A new UK anti-corruption authority looks set to wield an increased level of power, meaning compliance officers may have to review their strategies in the country, write Steven Farmer and Aaron Hutman.

No room for complacency over MiFID II

February 26, 2018

After years of preparation, the rollout of MiFID II in January provided relatively little drama. But, says PwC’s Luke Nelson, it is early days and Brexit could still complicate matters, so firms should stay on their toes. 

A ‘twin peaks’ vision for Europe

January 29, 2018

A two-pronged approach to financial oversight will be vital for the EU after the UK finally leaves, write Dirk Schoenmaker and Nicolas Véron of Brussels-based economic policy think tank Bruegel.

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