Financial Regulatory Forum

Beyond the numbers: do banks manage risk?

By Guest Contributor
June 14, 2012

By Rachel Wolcott

LONDON, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) -┬áIt may seem like a subtle difference, but most of what banks call ‘risk management’ is often more akin to ‘risk measurement’. It is a myth that banks are in possession of fancy gadgetry that allows them to measure risk on a minute-by-minute basis from a specialised risk-control tower and react to it effectively, thus averting catastrophe. Instead, the financial crisis and trading losses, such as JPMorgan’s $2 billion blow-up in May, have shown that by the time banks measure and understand their risks, it is too late. Risk management is not about controlling risk, but about offsetting its impact after the fact.

Major global banks split on regulation battle

By Reuters Staff
January 29, 2010

By Lisa Jucca and Martin Howell

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The world’s top financiers are at odds about how to fight back against a global push for tougher financial regulation, with commercial and investment banks struggling to reach common ground.

UK government rejects brokerage complaints over “bullying” by rescued banks

By Reuters Staff
November 17, 2009

A video grab image shows Britain's City minister Paul Myners speaking at a Treasury Committee in London March 17, 2009.     REUTERS/Parbul TV Via Reuters TV  (BRITAIN BUSINESS POLITICS) LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s government has batted away complaints from three top brokerages about “bullying” and unfair competition by bailed-out lenders, telling them to make a virtue of their independence or seek help from the consumer watchdog.

Major foreign investment banks in Britain agree to G20 pay rules

October 14, 2009

 A video grab image shows Britain's City minister Paul Myners speaking at a Treasury Committee in London March 17, 2009.     REUTERS/Parbul TV Via Reuters TV

By Matt Falloon and Steve Slater
LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Major foreign investment banks operating in London have agreed to obey G20 and Financial Services Authority rules on remuneration, starting with payments for performance this year, the Treasury said on Wednesday.

In China, banks chafe at derivatives drive

By Reuters Staff
July 28, 2009

By Eadie Chen and Jonathan Leff
BEIJING/SINGAPORE, July 27 (Reuters) – While Washington pursues a high-profile overhaul of its derivatives markets, a more modest but equally important crackdown is underway in China. (more…)