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2013: A very new year
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07 Dec
2012

2013: A very new year

  • 7th December 2012
  • RegTechFS

Five years after the crisis started, real change is finally in store. Who is on the naughty and nice lists? In 2012, the industry saw a flurry of financial sector reforms. With over 140,000 pages of regulation produced over the past twenty four months, an ambitious but often discordant global regulatory framework has developed, leaving Read More

07 Dec
2012

FATCA: Good news (in disguise) for your cost-income ratio?

Can a controversial tax reporting initiative actually be good for your bottom line? We explore how. The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has been heavily criticised, and accused of being a “kind of US backward imperialism” with “an atomic bomb used to kill a fly”. At its heart, FATCA exists to track down Read More

12 Nov
2012

A common roadmap for Europe?

Finally, after months of anticipation, European Commission President José-Manuel Barroso outlined his “decisive deal”: a big picture vision of an ideal, sound roadmap for Europe’s financial future. The EC proposes to create a single supervisory mechanism for banks in the euro area – starting on 1 January 2013. Under the proposals the European Central Bank Read More

01 Oct
2012

Interim identifiers face EU brick wall

  • 1st October 2012
  • RegTechFS

After Level 1 of EMIR got the industry thinking they would be allowed to use the LEI or another ‘interim’ identifier, they hit somewhat of a brick wall. ESMA’s long awaited final draft technical standards for EMIR have dealt a serious blow to ‘interim solutions’ already being used, stating that any interim solutions need to be in Read More

13 Sep
2012

Getting the right roadmap?

  • 13th September 2012
  • RegTechFS

The industry is at a turning point for laying the foundations for global reporting success through the new legal entity identifier (LEI).  The G20 has asked for the identifier to be launched by March 2013 – a mere 100 business days from now. The LEI will set fundamental precedents for future reporting standards, before even Read More

10 Sep
2012

Systemically Important Financial Institutions

SIFI assessment criteria are becoming increasingly stratified and are coming to financial institutions near you. Higher capital surcharges, ring fencing, ‘unplugging’ and new living will reports are all parts of a solution to combat ‘too big to fail.’ Some economists contend that the banks that are too-big-to-fail enjoy a lower cost of capital because they Read More