— Mark T. Williams, a former Federal Reserve Bank examiner, teaches finance at Boston University’s School of Management and is writing a book on the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers. The views expressed are his own. —
The Great Debate
The international system of bank regulation, epitomised by the Basle II process and the light-touch principles-based regulation of Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) has comprehensively failed.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s call today for a new G20 charter of principles on financial regulation reflects an emerging consensus among policymakers that, once the immediate crisis has passed, the regulatory framework must be fundamentally redesigned.