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

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.

Is Bitcoin evolving into a store of value?

January 2, 2018

Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto originally suggested it as a peer-to-peer form of electronic cash. But as the cryptocurrency gains credibility as an asset class, and demand grows for its use in emerging markets, it is beginning to resemble gold as a store of value, writes Daniele Bianchi. 

The ECB’s NPL proposal highlights the need for a rethink on regulation

November 27, 2017

The European Central Bank’s guidelines regarding non-performing loans are the result of an irregular process and mean more compliance headaches for banks, writes Giovanni Sabatini of the European Banking Federation.

Close co-operation can slam the door on fraudsters

October 30, 2017

With both the second Payment Services Directive and the UK Competition and Markets Authority plans for open banking coming into effect in January 2018, firms are under pressure to balance customer convenience and customer protection to maintain their place in the market, writes Jonathan Hoey, partner at UK law firm TLT. 

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