Financial Regulation

EBA Cracks Down on Shift From Variable to Fixed Pay

October 17, 2014

The European Banking Authority said 39 banks in the European Union are paying staff discretionary role-based payments they classify as fixed pay, in addition to their salaries. At the same time, the EBA found that fixed pay for identified staff — those whose roles have a material impact on a firm’s risk profile

Banks Increasingly Under Spotlight as Complaints Rise

October 10, 2014

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Banks Increase Implementation of Risk Disclosures

October 3, 2014

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Complaints to U.K. Firms Fell Five Percent in 1H 2014

September 26, 2014

  U.K. financial services firms received 2.36 million new complaints in the first half of 2014, down 5 percent from the 2.49 million received in the previous six months, the Financial Conduct Authority said in a statement. Payment-protection insurance with 1.24 million, down 11 percent from the previous half’s 1.39 million complaints, remained

Euro Banks Would Take Biggest Hit on Accounting Rules

September 19, 2014

Western European banks could  experience the most significant drop in capital from a rise in credit allowances, with an average 53 basis-point drop in core Tier 1 ratios for every 10 percent rise in the allowance, because of new accounting rules on how loan losses are calculated, according to a Standard & Poor’s study.

Most Banks Meet Basel III Risk-Based Capital Rules

September 12, 2014

Average capital ratios under the Basel III framework for Group 1 banks were 10.2 percent as of Dec. 31, 2013, up from 8.5 percent as of June 30, 2012, according to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. The average for Group 2 banks was 10.5 percent as of the end of

EU Insurers Say New Rules Hurt 8.5 Trillion-Euro Investment Role

September 5, 2014

European insurers, which manage about 8.5 trillion euros ($11.2 trillion) of client money, say their role as long-term investors may be hurt by new risk-based rules, known as Solvency II, that “still require companies to hold inappropriately high amounts of capital against their long-term investments,” according to Michaela Koller, deputy general of insurance

Bank Liquidity Rules Seen Cooling Demand for Bonds

August 29, 2014

Regulatory changes aimed at heading off another financial crisis may curb purchases of municipal bonds by banks, potentially undermining demand from the biggest buyer in the market. The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will meet separately on Sept. 3 to consider measures laying out what easy-to-sell assets banks must keep on hand

Hedge Fund, PE Regulatory Assets Rise Since ’13: SEC

August 22, 2014

Regulatory assets under management at private funds registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rose to $8.9 trillion from $7.3 trillion for the 12 months ended in May 2014, the SEC said in its second annual report to Congress on private fund systemic risk. Regulatory assets, a metric developed by the SEC

U.K. Regulator Assistance Driven by Libor, FX Probes

August 15, 2014

  The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority received more than 1,000 requests for help from agencies around the world in 2013, with about one in four coming from the U.S., a study from London-based law firm RPC LLP found based on data obtained through Freedom of Information Act disclosure. Total requests were up about