LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial watchdog said
it was investigating HSBC following reports it helped clients
evade taxes but said it was focusing on the bank’s current
behaviour rather than alleged past abuses.
In its first statement on the matter, the Financial Conduct
Authority (FCA) said it wanted to verify that the “failings” the
bank admitted to were in the past.
LONDON (Reuters) – The EU turns to stock and bond markets this week with reform proposals intended to help companies raise the cash needed for growth-boosting investments, hoping to emulate the more active capital markets of the United States.
Jonathan Hill, the EU’s financial services chief, will on Wednesday set out possible reforms to create a capital markets union (CMU), eliminating national rule differences to help markets complement bank lending in doing the heavy lifting involved in raising money for the economy.
LONDON (Reuters) – European Union efforts to curb risk taking by banks look set to be watered down as key member states such as Germany shield “universal” lenders from more onerous rules, EU documents seen by Reuters on Thursday showed.
The European Union reform aims to avoid trading blow-ups from bringing down entire banks. But countries such as Germany and France have dragged their feet after introducing their own national reforms, which may overlap with the new plan.
LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Markets are less active and
therefore less able to absorb shocks and fund growth now that
tougher capital rules have forced banks to cut back on trading,
a senior Bank of England policymaker said on Wednesday.
Clara Furse, a member of the BoE’s Financial Policy
Committee (FPC) and former chief executive of the London Stock
Exchange, said the risk from shrinking liquidity is not
fully priced in, making them vulnerable to sharp corrections.
LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – New ground rules to help
companies raise funds privately across Europe have been
introduced as the EU financial industry seeks to reduce a
reliance on banks and U.S. investors.
Banks are traditionally the main source of corporate funding
in Europe, but EU officials want to increase how much cash for
companies is raised from markets, to make the region less
vulnerable to banking shocks like the 2008-9 global crisis.
LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A scheme for compensating
companies mis-sold complex products by banks to shield against
interest rate hikes is skewed in favour of the lenders, British
lawmakers said on Tuesday.
The scheme was set up by the Financial Conduct Authority to
require banks such as Lloyds, Barclays, RBS
and HSBC to compensate thousands of small
companies that were mis-sold products known as interest rate
LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Banks are wrongly shunning some
customers and need to take a more targeted approach to applying
rules aimed at tackling money laundering and channeling cash to
terrorists, Britain’s markets watchdog said on Tuesday.
Martin Wheatley, chief executive of the Financial Conduct
Authority (FCA), told lawmakers that banks were “de-risking” by
giving a “wide berth” to whole groups of customers.
LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Banks cannot be forced to
compensate small companies that bought so-called embedded
products to shield themselves from rising interest rates, a
senior lawyer told British lawmakers examining the matter after
complaints from borrowers.
Since 2010 small companies have bought 60,000 such hedging
instruments, which are considered part of a bank loan rather
than a separate insurance product. Some borrowers claim that
they were mis-sold, but the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
has said it does not have the power to launch a redress scheme.
LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The world’s 30 biggest banks will
have to issue more than $500 billion in bonds to comply with
proposed global rules aimed at shielding taxpayers from the risk
of future banking failures, credit rating agency Standard &
Poor’s (S&P) said on Tuesday.
Leaders of the Group of 20 economies (G20) have proposed
that 30 so-called globally systemic banks (G-SIBs) such as
Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Societe Generale
should hold a buffer of bonds equivalent to between 16
and 20 percent of their risk-weighted assets such as loans,
perhaps by 2019.
LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – European Union plans to make
markets better at raising cash for companies won’t spawn a wave
of legislation, the bloc’s financial services chief said on
Jonathan Hill is the commissioner responsible for putting in
place a capital markets union (CMU), a cornerstone of the EU
executive’s plans to boost jobs and growth by for example
investing more in roads and start-up companies.