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EU sees step-by-step approach to bank trading capital rules

April 17, 2018

New global standards on how much capital banks must hold against trading risks won’t be fully inserted into European Union law for the time being, a senior European Commission official said on Wednesday.

EU Demands More Brexit Clarity From May Before Move to Trade

October 3, 2017

Juncker, Barnier push U.K. for more details on positions

Bloc’s parliament reiterates need for ‘sufficient progress’


Brussels insists on power to control euro clearing after Brexit

June 13, 2017

Concern over financial stability could mean some business has to shift from London

European Funds Could Get More Time to Comply With New Clearing Rules for Derivatives

May 8, 2017

European pension funds might be granted a further three-year exemption from compliance with new central clearing rules for derivative trades, in a move that could save them collectively up €1.6 billion ($1.7 billion), the European Commission said.

Emir Changes Could Raise Systemic Risk

May 8, 2017

The lifting of derivatives clearing obligations for smaller financial companies, pensions, and non-financial companies in the European Union could push them into default in times of extreme market stress and increase systemic risk according to consultancy Sapient Global Markets.

EU Calls for Sweeping Changes to Basel Bank-Capital Proposal

September 29, 2016

Global banking regulators need to make sweeping changes to proposed new rules to protect European Union lenders against a spike in capital requirements, said Valdis Dombrovskis, the bloc’s financial-services chief. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision should rework planned restrictions on how banks use internal models to estimate risks from real-estate loans as well as corporate and infrastructure lending.

Commodity Traders Face Tougher Rules as EU Curbs Speculation

September 22, 2016

Traders in commodities from sugar to oil may face tougher regulation in the European Union as policy makers wrangle over new rules intended to curb speculation. European Parliament lawmakers warn that the EU’s latest proposals for preventing market abuse and spikes in food prices aren’t strict enough. 

MiFID II Implementation: “Hurry Up and Wait"

August 10, 2016

As members of the European financial community attempt to develop a better understanding of the far reaching consequences of the recent “Brexit” referendum to their business structures, many investment management firms are simultaneously preparing for changes to their research processes that will result from the implementation of the European Commission’s Delegated Acts for the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) in January 2018. 

MiFID II data quality and reconciliation: urgent preparation needed

June 23, 2016

It was less than half a year ago when the European Commission confirmed that the introduction of MiFID II would be delayed a year, to January 2018. At that time, there was a general feeling of relief from most financial institutions facing a huge upheaval to be compliant with the new directive.

Sovereign debt rule changes threaten EU bank finances

June 9, 2016

European banks would have to raise up to €170bn of extra capital or sell almost €500bn of sovereign debt if regulators push ahead with plans to break the “doom loop” tying lenders to their governments, according to new research.

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