LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest banks, such as
Barclays and HSBC, will need to build up a
buffer of loss-absorbing bonds at least as big as the capital
they already hold to cushion against shocks, according to a
senior Bank of England official.
These bonds could be used if a bank went bust to provide
cash to help keep key parts of the bank afloat while it is
LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – Banks must provision for souring
loans much earlier under an international rule published on
Thursday that will take effect in 2018, a decade after a global
financial crisis the accounting reform seeks to stop recurring.
The collapse of Lehman Bros in 2008 highlighted how little
capital banks held to cover a slump in the value of the assets
on their books, forcing the public to bail out many lenders.
LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – Global regulators will implement
a twin-track approach to ensuring interest rate benchmarks are
less prone to manipulation, recommending safeguards to the
current system as well as developing alternatives.
Ten banks and brokerages including Barclays and UBS
have paid a total of around $6 billion to date to
settle U.S. and European regulatory allegations that they
manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, a
benchmark against which around $450 trillion of financial
products from derivatives to home loans are priced worldwide.
LONDON (Reuters) – Global regulators have proposed a twin-track approach to ensuring that interest rate benchmarks are less prone to manipulation by recommending safeguards to the current system and also by developing alternatives.
Ten banks and brokerages have paid around $6 billion to date to settle U.S. and European regulatory allegations that they manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, a benchmark against which around $450 trillion of financial products from derivatives to home loans are priced worldwide.
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – European Central Bank President
Mario Draghi urged euro zone states to respect their joint
fiscal rules and extend their cooperation to economic reforms,
telling governments they must “learn to govern together”.
While reiterating his message that the ECB is ready to use
“unconventional instruments” – code for large-scale asset buying
- if needed, he devoted most of a speech in London to pressing
for closer European integration to deliver growth and jobs.
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – The European Union’s banking
watchdog has set out guidance on how supervisors must determine
from next year whether an ailing bank can be closed down without
disrupting markets or calling on taxpayer money.
The European Banking Authority’s draft guidance, put out to
public consultation, fleshes out one aspect of a new EU law on
dealing with troubled banks without requiring government money
as happened in the 2007-09 financial crisis.
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial watchdog is
launching a broad “exploratory” review of competition in
wholesale financial markets to check if they operate effectively
to aid the economy and give their institutional, corporate and
government customers a good deal.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was set up just over a
year ago as part of Britain’s post-financial crisis shake up of
supervision to protect consumers better and increase competition
LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – Details of a new buffer of bonds
to shield taxpayers from having to rescue a big bank won’t
become clear for at least a year or more, a global banking
regulator said on Monday.
Lenders like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and HSBC are
waiting to see how big the new cushion of bonds must be. The
cushion represents an added cost and the wait will prolong
regulatory uncertainty that is casting a cloud over valuations
in the banking sector.
LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s regulators have given
the green light to five new banks since easing rules a year ago
for new entrants to challenge the handful of lenders who
dominate the high street.
The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority also
said on Monday that a further more than 25 potential banking
applicants have been interviewed as regulators face pressure
from lawmakers to increase competition in banking.
LONDON (Reuters) – European Union banking supervisors will use a common “scorecard” from 2016 to check if lenders can stay in business, use reliable IT systems and hold enough capital to pay potential fines, the bloc’s main sector regulator said on Monday.
The proposed scorecard is part of a welter of reforms in the banking sector intended to shield taxpayers from having to rescue lenders, as they had to in the 2008-09 financial crisis.