On 27 October 2021, the European Commission (EC) published its legislative package, implementing the finalisation of the Basel III reforms, widely recognised as Basel IV. The Capital Requirements Regulation 3 (CRR III) and the Capital Requirements Directive 6 (CRD VI) were put in place to signify a new era of banking and financial compliance.
The Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA), entered into force on the 16th of January 2023 and will be applicable from the 17th of January 2025. Its main purpose is to enhance and strengthen the cybersecurity practices of entities across the EU financial sector and to harmonise key requirements and reporting obligations.
On 30 June 2023, HM Treasury published a consultation on reform of the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) supervisory. The consultation proposes four possible models and seeks respondents’ feedback on the potential benefits and drawbacks of each reform. Feedback and responses to the consultation must be submitted by 30 September 2023.
On May 12, the European Court of Auditors (“ECA”) published a special report on European Union (“EU”) supervision of banks’ credit risk. It concluded that the European Central Bank (“ECB”) has stepped up its efforts but more is needed to increase assurance that credit risk, in particular non-performing loans (“NPLs”), is properly managed and covered.
In a move to improve the resilience of the UK financial sector, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) issued Supervisory Statement (SS) 1/22 in May 2022. This statement delineates the expectations for certain firms involved in trading activities that could pose significant adverse effects on the stability of UK’s financial sector.
The Duty sets the standard of care that firms should provide to customers in retail financial markets. The FCA has introduced a new principle, Principle 12, known as the Consumer Principle. This principle requires firms to act in a way that delivers good outcomes for retail customers.
On October 2022, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) released a report titled "Climate Risk Scenario Analysis for the Trading Book", which provides guidance for banks and financial institutions on how to assess climate risk in their trading books.
On 25 January 2023, the FCA published the findings from its review of firms’ plans to embed the Consumer Duty (the “Duty”) within their businesses. These implementation plans should have been agreed by firms’ Boards by the end of October 2022.
On 26 September 2022, the Bank of England (BoE) published details of the return to its 2022 Annual Cyclical Scenario (ACS). The ACS was not performed over the past two years during Covid-19 and postponed in March 2022 due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
On Wednesday the 13th October 2021, the Bank of England (BoE) and the Financial Conduct (FCA) have announced the launch of the joint transformation programme on Transforming Data Collection, officially kicked off at the beginning of July 2021: this initiative follows the letter published on 23 February 2021 from the two authorities.
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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.
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.
This is Part 6 of our ten-legged journey to explore how the Cloud can enable productivity, innovation, and scalability in financial services.
This is Part 5 of our ten-legged journey to explore how the Cloud can enable productivity, innovation, and scalability in financial services.
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.
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?
This is Part 4 of our ten-legged journey to explore how the Cloud can enable productivity, innovation, and scalability in financial services.
This is Part 3 of our ten-legged journey to explore how the Cloud can enable productivity, innovation, and scalability in financial services.
This is part two of our ten-legged journey to explore how the Cloud can enable productivity, innovation, and scalability in financial services.
Jules Verne authored the novel Around the World in Eighty Days, Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours in its native French, which was published serially in 1872. It would presumptuous of me to rescript the story of the unflappable Phileas Fogg’s trip around the world, but allow me to take you on a ten-legged journey to explore how the Cloud can enable productivity, innovation, and scalability in financial services.
Market conditions are forcing financial institutions to find new models for growth. One of the largest identified gaps for growth is the underserved and overlooked mass affluent segment.
In early 2019, a survey of financial advisers had already revealed serious misgivings over the possible mis-selling of products marketed to investors as ‘ESG friendly’. 97 of every 100 financial advisors in the United Kingdom (UK) had declared themselves as either “very” or “fairly” concerned about the potential for allegations of mis-selling ESG investments, according to market research firm Cicero.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of co-authoring a short article on the adoption of the Cloud in Financial Services with Professor Nelson Phillips of the Imperial College Business School. We conducted several interviews with senior leaders in financial services about their experiences of moving to the Cloud. It turned out to be such a captivating journey that Nelson and I are planning to continue along this path and turn it into a much more comprehensive piece of research.