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Mar 30, 2015

Bank of England to stress test banks for global slump scenario

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s seven biggest lenders will have to show they can cope with a global economic slump triggered by a sharp slowdown in China and a crash in the euro zone in this year’s round of stress tests conducted by the Bank of England.

Britain decided to introduce annual stress tests for its banks after the 2007-09 financial crisis which required taxpayers to pump 66 billion pounds ($98 billion) into Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Mar 27, 2015

Central banks call for lower capital requirements on top-quality pooled debt

LONDON (Reuters) – Bonds based on high-quality loans should benefit from lower capital requirements to kick-start the market in Europe, the Bank of England and European Central Bank (ECB) said on Friday.

The two central banks were responding to plans from the European Union’s executive, the European Commission, to revive the asset-backed securities (ABS) market to improve funding for companies.

Mar 27, 2015

MPs slam financial watchdog over insurance debacle

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial regulator broke its own rules by failing to keep markets orderly when it mishandled the announcement of a review into life insurance policies, lawmakers said on Friday.

In a scathing 89-page report, the lawmakers said the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) should report back in six months on how it has put its house in order.

Mar 27, 2015

UK lawmakers slam financial watchdog over insurance debacle

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial regulator
broke its own rules by failing to keep markets orderly when it
mishandled the announcement of a review into life insurance
policies, lawmakers said on Friday.

In a scathing 89-page report, the lawmakers said the
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) should report back in six
months on how it has put its house in order.

Mar 26, 2015

Bank of England to quiz fund managers over short-notice redemptions

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – The Bank of England said on
Thursday that it planned to quiz British asset managers about
whether they could cope with a flood of investors asking for
their money back in times of market stress.

The central bank said it was concerned that some financial
markets — including those for fixed income assets — may be
less liquid than they looked, but that funds had promised they
could return investors’ money at short notice.

Mar 26, 2015

EU signals further divergence from global banking rules

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union will continue to diverge from global banking regulations where necessary to avoid overburdening smaller lenders, the bloc’s financial services chief said on Thursday.

European commissioner Jonathan Hill, in the job since November, said he would extend his predecessor’s policy of tailoring global banking rules where justified.

Mar 25, 2015

UK banking reforms hinge on backing from global regulators

LONDON (Reuters) – The success of British reforms to crack down on misconduct at banks will largely hinge on whether regulators elsewhere in the world help implement them, Hong Kong’s top market regulator said.

But getting support from other supervisors may prove difficult as governments switch focus to lifting economic growth, added Ashley Alder, chief executive of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission.

Mar 25, 2015

Shadow banking morphs and grows, confounding authority

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – Authorities are nowhere near to
fully understanding “shadow banking” as the $75 trillion sector
morphs and grows under the influence of new technology and
regulation, a top markets supervisor said on Wednesday.

Shadow banking refers to the supply of credit outside
traditional banks, such as from private equity investors, money
market funds, insurers, repurchase agreements and securities
lending.

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. urges companies to do more to fight cyber crime

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – Cyber crime is probably the
biggest risk facing companies across the world, and they need to
do more to help governments tackle the problem, U.S. Deputy
Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said on Wednesday.

“Each of us must recognise this risk is perhaps the most
pressing operational risk of our time,” she told the CityWeek
conference in London.

Mar 24, 2015

HSBC chairman says new banker accountability rules are reasonable

LONDON (Reuters) – New rules being rolled out to make bankers more accountable were “entirely reasonable” given the pain Britain suffered in the financial crisis, HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint said on Tuesday.

The new “senior managers’ regime” will make top bankers directly accountable for rule breaches on their patch from 2016, but it has been criticized by some bankers and financial lawyers for going too far and hard to apply in practice.

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      "Huw is based in London and covers European regulatory issues and global rulemaking bodies such as the G20, Financial Stability Board, IOSCO, IASB and the Basel Committee. He has covered EU regulation in Brussels, the emergence pan-European stock markets, and has also been a Wall Street reporter in New York."
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