Future of Stress Testing – UK FSA and EU CEBS lead the way! – thoughts from Sai Sireesh

Earlier I had blogged about the pendulum shifting away from the light touch supervision mode to a much more prescriptive regulatory environment. The new stress testing guidelines in Europe seem to be good indication of the trend. With most stress testing models failing to reflect the current crisis, many regulators are reviewing the stress testing…

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Failure to Upgrade Software Systems as a Potential Regulatory Risk – thoughts from Jeff Jinnett

In the current highly regulated, but intensively competitive banking environment, many banks are upgrading to the latest versions of third party operational software in order to be able to take advantage of new features, such as multi-touch capability. Conversely, other banks may seek to reduce costs by continuing to run on older software versions as…

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Jeff Jinnett: The Nimble Approach to Compliance: Multi-Purpose IT Solutions and “Nexialist” Compliance Attorneys

Regulatory compliance has become an increasingly costly burden. For example, SIFMA has estimated that the U.S. securities industry in 2004 spent $23.2 billion on compliance-related activities(1). In addition, regulatory mandates have become more intrusive in their application to how business is conducted. In response to corporate scandals such as Enron, the mandates have shifted from…

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Susan Hauser, VP of Microsoft Financial Services, on New Challenges in Risk Management and Compliance

As the global economic crisis rumbles on, financial firms of all kinds anticipate an overhaul of risk management and regulatory frameworks. I asked Microsoft’s global head of Financial Services, Susan Hauser, for her views: Sai: Susan, as the global head of Microsoft Financial Services, what has the past year meant for financial firms in terms…

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Jeff Jinnett: The Catch-22 of Record Retention

At the heart of the record retention challenge is the difficult question as to what types of documents to maintain for compliance purposes and how long to maintain them. In certain cases, applicable laws and regulations specify the types of documents to retain and the length of time to retain them. For example, for purposes…

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Sai Sireesh: Insurance Supervision – The Future

Whilst there is a lot of focus on banking, the insurance sector is also witnessing a wave of regulatory changes specially around cross-border exposures. So I did some quick research on the world of insurance supervision. Devoid of dramatics, the Basel, Switzerland based IAIS (International Association of Insurance Supervisors) has been quietly driving adoption of …

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Sai Sireesh: GRM – Global Risk Management or Government Risk Management ?

Year 2008 was a humbling and significant event for the Investment Banking and Risk Management professions. Many epitaphs will be written for legendary institutions that disappeared overnight and will be spoken about for decades to come in terms of the crunching global impact and the associated learnings.  About $650bn of sub-prime bonds outstanding in March…

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Jeff Jinnett: Proposed Financial Services Regulatory Reforms (Part II): Possible Business and IT Impacts

In our last blog posting, we summarized the Obama administration’s proposed financial services industry regulatory reforms, as set forth in its “New Foundation” white paper[1]. The following are some of the possible business impacts of the changes, if enacted into law: For hedge funds and private equity funds (and their advisors) required to register with…

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Sai Sireesh: Regulatory Oversight & Risk Management of the Future

Year 2008 was a humbling and significant event for the Investment Banking and Risk Management professions. Many epitaphs will be written for legendary institutions that disappeared overnight and will be spoken about for decades to come in terms of the crunching global impact and the associated learnings.  About $650bn of sub-prime bonds outstanding in March…

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Jeff Jinnett: IT Approaches to State Law Preemption Under the Proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency

On June 17, 2009, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a white paper entitled “Financial Regulatory Reform – A New Foundation: Rebuilding Financial Supervision and Regulation”(1).  This document sets forth the vision of the Obama administration for a new federal regulatory regime for the U.S. financial services industry. One proposed change is to create…

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