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The EBA will make its Basel III Monitoring Exercise Mandatory

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published on 16th of March 2021 a decision, which changes the Basel III monitoring exercise from its current voluntary nature to a mandatory exercise from December 2021.

03.03.2021 / Le Soir Belgium

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An ecological opportunity for European banks : towards the introduction of "green" home loans

Banks, like all economic players, are called upon to contribute to the climate effort and the implementation of concrete actions in response to the Paris agreements limiting the increase in the planet's temperature to 1.5°C.

22.02.2021 / UK Finance

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Improving financial services regulators’ cost-benefit analyses

Find out how Avantage Reply worked with UK Finance to recommend improvements to financial services regulators’ cost-benefit analyses. Learn how the team's research, supplemented by discussions with the industry, led to the making of 7 key recommendations in the resulting policy paper.

22.12.2020 / Risk Management Magazine

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Blockchain securitization: an innovative technology to boost asset liquidity

The main aim of this paper is to show the potential benefits for the Securitisation process, both in terms of the setup of operations and in the entire product life cycle, derived from the adoption of the Blockchain Technology.

30.11.2020 / Climate and ESG


Roundtable - Climate and ESG Related Risks

On 24 November Avantage Reply welcomed guest speakers from industry, law and academia for a roundtable to discuss the laws, regulations and popular sentiments that are ushering in a new era of the Economy. Download the presentation now.

20.11.2020 / LIBOR

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Äddi LIBOR, Moien Alternative Reference Rates

London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is the world’s most widely used benchmark for short-term interest rates. It is a reference rate for some $200 to $350 trillion in mortgages, consumer loans, derivatives and other financial instruments, which elevates it to the status of a gauge for the health of the banking system. As of the end-2021, it will cease to exist. This development is both a challenge and an opportunity for the financial industry.



PRMIA Risk Leader Summit 2020

Avantage Reply are proud to announce their involvement as Gold Sponsors of the PRMIA Risk Leader Summit 2020. The virtual event, held over two half-day sessions on 16 - 17 November 2020, offers an exploratory risk leadership experience looking at the new dynamics governing the risk profession.

20.10.2020 / Regulatory Reporting

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Integrated reporting system – The end of the regulatory burden?

In recent years, financial institutions have faced a significant increase in the volume and complexity of regulatory reporting requirements imposed by the supervisory authorities. In this context, institutions are required to submit hundreds of thousands of data points in different templates and formats to various supervisors (European Authorities, national authorities, or both). It is worth noting that the reporting deadlines and frequencies at which data points must be reported to the relevant supervisory authorities vary greatly across national jurisdictions.



Negative Interest Rates - Are Banks Ready?

On 12th October, the BoE asked banks about their operational readiness and the challenges associated with the potential implementation of negative rates, particularly in terms of technological capabilities. Here, we contextualise this recent announcement against the BoE direction of travel over the summer and identify key areas of impact for banks.



The Data Religion: Dataism in Financial Services

In my latest blog I reflect on Yuval Noah Harari's celebrated book, Homo Deus, delving into Harari’s fresh angle on the role of data in our day-to-day life. As I was contemplating Harari's spellbinding book it occurred to me that Dataism is, to a large extent, already the religion of the financial services industry.

07.10.2020 / ESG

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Survey on Credit Institution's Disclosure of Information Related to ESG Risks

After the European Taxonomy and the non-financial reporting directive (NFRD), the EBA is moving a step forward in its action plan on sustainable finance. Until the 16th of October, the market participants can answer a survey to develop draft implementing technical standards (ITS) on Pillar 3 disclosure of prudential information on ESG risks.

01.10.2020 / Cloud Computing


Around the Cloud in Eighty Days – The Sixth Leg of the Journey: Cloud Regulation

This is Part 6 of our ten-legged journey to explore how the Cloud can enable productivity, innovation, and scalability in financial services.

29.09.2020 / Core Banking

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“Back to basics” to enhance core banking processes

“School is back in session!” and as pupils go back to study their core subjects, the bankers will have to do their own studying of the 2020 EBA Guidelines on Loan Origination and Monitoring. These guidelines bring a number of far-reaching requirements to the age-old process of credit granting.

21.09.2020 / Cloud Computing


Around the Cloud in Eighty Days – The Fifth Leg of the Journey: Cloud Security

This is Part 5 of our ten-legged journey to explore how the Cloud can enable productivity, innovation, and scalability in financial services.


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The EBA advises the EU Commission to be pragmatic when it concerns AML/CFT in Financial industry

Since 2019, EBA has legal duty to lead, coordinate and monitor EU AML/CFT efforts of all EU financial institutions and competent authorities . The EBA making full use of its powers, continues to lead the development of EU AML/CFT policy and support its effective implementation to foster an effective, risk-based approach to AML/CFT.

11.09.2020 / Taxonomy

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Delegated acts under the taxonomy regulation

The EU Taxonomy Regulation – the establishment of an EU classification system for sustainable activities - was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 22 June 2020 and entered into force on 12 July 2020. As a reminder, is a tool to help investors, companies, issuers and project promoters navigate the transition to a low-carbon, resilient and resource-efficient economy.

03.09.2020 / IFRS 9

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IFRS 9 is entering the 2021 EBA benchmarking exercise

The benchmarking exercise is a key supervisory tool to monitor and enhance the quality of the internal models. The EBA 2021 benchmark exercise is aiming to take on a new hurdle by demystifying market approaches implemented to calculate expected credit loss under the IFRS 9 requirements.



Refining MREL – preparing to fail The

The EBA has published a consultation paper, seeking industry feedback on proposed changes to MREL requirements. Their intent is to better approximate the capital requirements & capital buffers inputs into the MREL calculation for firms whose banking groups are different from their resolution groups.

27.07.2020 / New banking applications


The Long Road to the Level Playing Field

The Bank of England has published two key documents in relation to the banking landscape in the UK for non-systemic banks. These proposals are a step in the right direction, but do they go far enough?

14.07.2020 / Covid-19

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ECB Covid-19 Reporting

The European Central Bank (ECB) has mandated a new reporting exercise in light of the COVID-19 crisis in an effort to ensure the timely and consistent monitoring of the risks ignited by the outbreak and to widen the scope beyond the SREP STEs, FINREP and COREP , through the inclusion of credit moratoria and state guarantees figures. The reporting shall be submitted to National Competent Authorities on a monthly basis until at least December 2020, and raises several implementation challenges for Significant Institutions (SIs) on the organizational and operational levels (including capacity and data aggregation issues).

13.07.2020 / Outsourcing

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Outsourcing under the spotlight of the pandemic crisis

Since the latest EBA guidelines were published in 2019, financial institutions have rushed to implement measures to make sure they are in full control of outsourced activities. But COVID-19 put the spotlight on weaknesses of traditional outsourcing, opening doors to more resilient cloud-based solutions.