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A European supervisory revolution? What the proposed SREP changes mean for your bank

If you have ever worked at a bank, you might have come across a process called Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP). A “baby” of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the European debt crisis, this process is an essential element in ensuring that banks remain safe and reliable.


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Perhaps unsurprisingly, climate action failure, extreme weather events and biodiversity loss have been identified as three global risks anticipated to have the most damaging effect over the next ten years according to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Perception Survey 2022.

26.01.2022 / TechNative

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5 Key Risk Trends and Implications for Financial Institutions

Brain Momoh, manager at Avantage Reply, writes about some of the key emerging risks facing financial institutions. Read the full article at TechNative.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

18.06.2020 / ESG

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Blind Reliance on ESG Data and Rankings

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.

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Strategic challenges of cloud adoption in financial services

While the move to the cloud was already well underway in financial services, the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for virtual organising, and specifically slipstream cloud-based working. But while moving to the cloud can unlock significant benefits, it also comes with several challenges.

18.05.2020 / coronavirus

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Never waste a good crisis: the strategic challenges of rapid Cloud adoption in Financial Services

One dramatic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been the rapid acceleration in the digital transformation of organisations as much of the workforce has been suddenly forced to “WFH”. The ability of organisations to close physical offices and continue operating rests largely on various kinds of cloud services providing distributed, on-demand availability of data storage and computing.

17.06.2019 / ICAEW

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Digital challenges arising from IFRS 17

Rob Konowalchuk of Avantage Reply discusses IFRS 17 and the digital challenges that will come from its implementation including Data Governance, and how to move beyond mere compliance towards more strategic initiatives.

29.05.2019 / finance derivative

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Caught between global economic trends and technology change

The financial services industry has been, and still is, in a process of transformation. The Reply Financial Services Outlook 2019 gives a 360° overview from Risk Management to Digital Transformation.

05.11.2018 / Financial Times

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Equivalence - What does it mean for Financial Institutions?

Does “equivalence” solve the Brexit woes of the financial services industry? Oscar McCarthy curbs the enthusiasm that follows the latest news about a possible deal for the financial sector.

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Basel delay does not ensure global FRTB consistency

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision bowed to the inevitable on December 7, announcing a three-year postponement to the implementation of the FRTB, which had been due for January 2019. Lawmakers in the European Union had been thinking about delaying beyond that date, and the US transposition process has not even started. (Samuel Wilkes, Risk.Net)

15.11.2017 / Agefi Luxembourg

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Implementing GDPR: Challenges and Recommendations

Rapidly developing technological advances combined with new and innovative commercial uses of personal data and diverse differences in data protection standards across the European Union have served as the catalyst behind the shift from the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) to the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679 or ‘GDPR’). GDPR is designed to give citizens more control over their personal data.

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Quant Guide 2017: Imperial College Business School

In this article, Risk.Net gives an overview of the current trends in the finance and risk university programmes and how practitioners such as Avantage Reply actively collaborate to students' development.

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EC gold-plating of FRTB raises risk of global divergence

In the article, Ram Ananth, Senior Manager at Avantage Reply was interviewed on the interpretation of European rules for hard-to-model risks under new trading book capital rules

18.05.2016 / Global Risk Regulator

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Basel heaps more pressure on derivatives

"The title of one of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s (BCBS) consultative documents pretty much sums up its attitude towards internal models as the cost of capital for using derivatives and certain asset classes continues to ratchet-up". Sergio Gianni and Dean Mitchell, Partners with Avantage Reply, answer the questions from the Global Risk Regulator.

23.02.2016 / Global Risk Regulator

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Banks still question new trading book rules

Although the Basel Committee has sought to pare back the capital impact of the fundamental review of the trading book,specific asset classes could suffer. Avantage Reply was interviewed by the Global Risk Regulator.

17.12.2015 / Riskminds

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Risk Review - an insight into the industry

Risk information technology has become a key cog in 21st century banking, regardless of geographic location or institutional size. The pressures on banks' risk it teams are tremendous as they deal with fastchanging regulatory and business demands. It is critical that financial instituitions have the necessary risk infrastucture in place to accommodate their business strategy.

05.05.2015 / Euromoney

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Regulation: Banks brace for Basel interest-rate risk push

Fears of Pillar 1 capital charge; Rules may hit earnings and concentrate risk. Bernard Colla, Senior Manager at Avantage Reply, shared his point of view with Euromoney.

18.02.2015 / Global Risk Regulator

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Basel must tread carefully on risk-weight floors

Bank regulators must perform a delicate balancing act if standardised approaches are to work as a backstop to internal capital models.


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Global Risk Regulator features Arnold Veldhoen from Avantage Reply on Trading Book review

The December 2013 issue of Global Risk Regulator (part of Financial Times group) interviews Arnold Veldhoen from Avantage Reply on the second consultation paper for Basel’s Fundamental Review of the Trading Book


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Frederic Gielen, Partner with Avantage Reply, interviewed by The Banker on the use of internal models

The process of risk-weighting assets to determine banks’ capital adequacy has attracted criticism, but European regulators are keen to improve rather than eliminate it. Philip Alexander reports.


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Paradigmenwechsel im Meldewesen

Die Umsetzung von Basel III in europäisches Recht führt für Finanzinstitute zu veränderten Anforderungen, welche eine Neuausrichtung im Bereich des Meldewesens erfordern.


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Deutliche Verschärfung bei der Liquidität

Interview mit Lutz Niemann über die Herausforderungen der neuen Liquiditätskennzahlen.
Gegenüber der bisherigen nationalen Liquiditätskennziffer bedeuten die neuen Mindestanforderungen an die Liquidität für deutsche Finanzinstitute eine deutliche Verschärfung. Lutz Niemann von Xuccess Reply stellt im Gespräch mit geldinstitute das Konzept der Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) und der Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) vor und zeigt, welche Abhängigkeiten für die Finanzinstitute existieren.


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Bridging the gap

What challenges and opportunities does CRD IV provide to institutions to improve their compliance framework? Avantage Reply writes a press article for - InCompliance Magazine The 2008 crisis triggered by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers revealed a number of serious shortcomings in the existing regulatory capital framework for financial institutions. It is now widely accepted that the international minimum standards for capital and risk management – also known as Basel II or the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD) in the European Union (EU) – were not robust enough to accurately reflect the true level of risk inherent in the financial system.


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Die neuen Liquiditätsanforderungen

Die neuen Mindestanforderungen an die Liquidität bedeuten für deutsche Finanzinstitute eine deutliche Verschärfung zu den bisherigen nationalen Liquiditätskennziffern im Rahmen der Liquiditätsverordnung (LiqV). Die Autoren stellen das Konzept der Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) vor und zeigen auf, welche Steuerungsmaßnahmen sich anbieten.


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Compliance: a Growth Industry

Bankers’ bonuses may hog the headlines, but the issue of remuneration cuts across the whole of the financial services sector. "This article outlines" the current challenges for the UK compliance community. This is the second edition in which Avantage Reply has contributed to the quarterly journal.


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Applying and complying

Iain Wright and Will German's article on how firms can manage regulatory risk was published in the first edition (Autumn 2010) of inCOMPLIANCE, the quarterly journal of the International Compliance Association. This article builds on a previous article which appeared in Compliance Monthly (May 2010). It provides advice for firms on how to implement and maintain control frameworks to deliver regulatory compliance including how firms can map the regulations that affect their business and how to use this map to develop practical working tools to manage regulatory risk.


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Here be Dragons: Mapping the Regulatory Footprint of your Firm

Iain Wright and Will German's article on rules mapping is the feature article in the May edition of Compliance Monthly. This article is the first part of a two part series providing advice for firms on how to implement and maintain control frameworks to deliver regulatory compliance. This part covers how firms can map the regulations that affect their business. The second part (which will appear in the Compliance Monthly June issue) focuses on using this map to develop practical working tools to manage regulatory risk. This article draws upon examples and regulations applicable to the financial services sector; however, the principles and methodologies are relevant to firms in other industries.