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

Giovanni Sabatini

Prudential crypto asset regulations must ensure a level playing field

April 20, 2023

New regulations on crypto assets must not penalise banks, writes Giovanni Sabatini, general manager of the Italian Banking Association.

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How financial institutions can keep up with ESG requirements

March 16, 2023

Regulations are proving increasingly complex for UK and EU-based financial institutions, write Frederik Winter and Kim Rybarczyk.

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Disruptive data: banking’s AI imperative

February 10, 2023

The smart deployment of artificial intelligence is increasingly essential for refining customer experience and empowering data-driven decisions.

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Banks’ growing use of SRT as a balance sheet strategy

January 23, 2023

Significant risk transfer offers banks capital relief and protection against non-payment exposure on a range of assets, while reducing capital allocation requirements for efficient, profitable portfolio risk management.

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AI adoption in investment management

January 9, 2023

The adoption of artificial intelligence in the investment management space is happening at pace. But firms need to balance risk and reward, and be aware of impending regulations. 

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Green bonds: finding the balance

November 16, 2022

To fight perceptions of greenwashing we must find a middle ground between burdensome regulations and the Wild West of ESG ratings.

Raymond Silverstein

EU banks show slow progress on gender diversity

October 19, 2022

While gender diversity at the senior level in European banks is improving, there is still a long way to go to gender parity.


The euro area is very different from 2020

September 6, 2022

The European monetary system has changed fundamentally in the past few years, as the central bank moved into new territory in buying debt and issuing bonds.

A&O Bracken

Reshaping bank compensation strategies

August 8, 2022

Compensation has always been a critical issue for banks, and remains a source of public scrutiny. It consumes much management time, but it also determines relative advantage in a competitive market that is increasingly concerned about stability, conduct and purpose. 

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What lessons can employers learn from the final Sue Gray report?

July 21, 2022

The investigation into gatherings at Downing Street during Covid-19 lockdowns presents many lessons for businesses, including the importance of leading by example and the risks of excessive alcohol consumption.

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