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29 June 2016
Having recognised the problem with internal models, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has decided recently to restrict the use of internal models by large banks and to align them more closely with the standardised approach. While this is certainly a step in the right direction this partial review may, arguably, not go far enough in bridging the gap and removing excess variability from regulatory capital calculations.
Giulia Porino 28 June 2016
Green finance needs to grow from being a narrow ‘green niche’ for specialists to taking centre stage as part of a broad ‘sustainable finance’ agenda. Since November last year, Finance Watch has got in the debate around climate and finance with the aim of advocating a broader view of climate finance, challenging the fundamentals of today’s financial system.
28 April 2016
People often say “the devil is in the detail” with financial services. We fear that the Commission will miss this opportunity to update consumer protection for the digital era. If you want to know why, read our new blog article.
The governance and structure of Europe’s banking system and the regulatory process that should oversee it contain numerous barriers to the public’s participation. In this article, Duncan Lindo, Research Fellow at Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds and an independent researcher in the political economy of banks and finance, explains us why.
Guest blogger Robert Jenkins explains why higher capital funding is compatible with shareholder value, and why bank investors should be wary of using short-term RoE as a target.
In this article, Stefano Pagliari and Kevin Young examine the diversity of voices in the design of financial regulation. They ask to what extent the financial industry dominates the regulatory policymaking process, and crowds out other, potentially dissenting, voices. This article is part of a series of blogs on a new Finance Watch project on the representation of public interest in banking.
In the latest blog in our series on Better Regulation, Finance Watch’s Katarzyna Hanula-Bobbitt explains why the Commission’s idea to give stakeholders more involvement in European policymaking will not achieve a satisfactory balance of representation between industry and NGOs/citizens.
17 December 2015
This article is the second of a series of blogs on a new Finance Watch project on the representation of public interest in banking. It provides a report from three workshops that we organised in Brussels, London and Berlin in the past months in which we quizzed academics, campaigners and other representatives of civil society on questions such as: What is public interest representation in banking? How do you ensure representation, and if you’re not represented, why not?
The essential nature of some of the core functions of banks combined with the enormous potential costs of banking crises on the economy and their consequences for society call for some form of representation of the public interest in banking, in the way that banks operate and in the way they are regulated and controlled.
This is the first article in a series of blogs on a new Finance Watch project on the representation of public interest in banking.
As crowdfunding takes off, retail investors face a host of new risks and opportunities. In this guest blog, Rainer Lenz, identifies some of the dangers of crowdfunding and some of the ways in which retail investors could be better protected in the future.
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