Bruno Colmant

Bruno Colmant

Head of Macro Research Bank Degroof Petercam

The real crisis is about the role of government

30 October 2014
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Various labels – subprime, bank lending, sovereign debt and monetary – have been used since 2008 to describe the economic crisis. Yet its scope doubtlessly extends far beyond these spheres. The crisis poses a fundamental question for society about the role of government, squeezed between unpredictable global corporations and public debt that requires refinancing to guarantee social order. Gorged on debt, governments are hostages to banking sectors, themselves prisoners of central banks that need to support private enterprise by constantly providing liquidity. Continue reading…

Your Trade Credit Risk policy and your AML policy – Poles apart or 2 sides of the same coin ?

29 October 2014
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It is a well-worn phrase “we need to do more with less”! Or in other words, can we ensure that more than one task we have to do in our day jobs can be incorporated in a single effort to ‘gain efficiencies’ or, in real speak, ultimately save money ? So I thought I would look at a typical AML and typical Trade Credit policy and see just how different or similar they were. Now, I do not profess to be a compliance officer nor have I had the stress of being a CFO so I will accept that the devil is always in the detail. However, here are just a few areas I thought seemed to have a very real sense of similarity. Here are just five examples.

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Results of the EU-wide stress test for Banks

26 October 2014

Just before the European Central Bank (ECB) takes over the regulation of the 123 big banks in Europe on November 4th, the European Banking Authority (EBA) publishes the results of the EU-wide stress test. The purpose of the stress test is to test how healthy banks are, how is the resilience of the EU-banks at adverse economic developments. The EU-wide stress test is coordinated by the EBA and carried out in cooperation with the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), the European Commission (EC) and the Competent Authorities (CAs) from all relevant national jurisdictions. Continue reading…

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Increasing the return from property taxes

20 October 2014

Increase your revenues by employing SAS software. The Patrimony Department of the Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Finance proves this is possible. SAS software enabled the department to significantly improve the detection of increasingly sophisticated and dubious transactions and hence collect more real property taxes. “By migrating our analytical model to SAS, we significantly improved our efficiency and increased the detection of dubious real estate transactions”, as quoted by Guy Hofman, Advisor at the Patrimony Department of the FPS Finance.

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Voice Biometrics related to Fraud Management

20 October 2014

 

Robin Bortz is the Voice Biometrics Sales Development Manager for EMEA at Nuance Communications. Bortz has extensive experience in promoting advanced and new innovative technologies to global markets. He was previously part of the PerSay team that was acquired by Nuance. In his current position, Robin focuses on supporting partners and customers in the EMEA region, thereby enhancing their customer experience in the voice biometrics market and helping them to combat fraud and enhance security.

 

Why greater transparency may be the key to reducing risk and increasing efficiencies as payments get faster

13 October 2014

by Simon Wicks

The drive to deliver faster payments processing across multiple global markets, coupled with the need to increase efficiencies and reduce costs, has become the Holy Grail for many banks keen to ensure they effectively meet client needs and retain their competitive position. However, balancing these desires with the technical challenges and emerging risks in a 24/7 world, can prove extremely difficult.

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In Belgium, hybrid fraud detection helps recover billions in tax fraud

13 October 2014
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by Jérôme Bryssinck

The agency responsible for combating carousel fraud in Belgium is the Special Tax Inspectorate (ISI), a division of Belgium’s Federal Public Service Finance. Yannic Hulot, ISI Director, recently explained how carousel fraud has been nearly eradicated in Belgium – and how a similar system could be implemented across Europe to get rid of VAT carousel fraud in the broader region.

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A personal view about meeting regulatory expectations

10 October 2014
Knowledge Base

by Melvyn Morrison

Nico Zwikker is the former Head of Compliance at the ABN Amro Group. He started his career as a lawyer at the Amsterdam Bar and went on to the banking industry where he has been active during the past 25 years. Zwikker has previously also held a number of senior positions, including working as a lawyer and as a risk manager. His extensive experience in compliance, reputation and regulatory risk management encompasses a wide range of business risk profiles. During the course of his career, Nico has embarked on a stakeholder management approach in dealing with regulators (including national regulators and a significant number of foreign regulators), and he is fully conversant with the fast-evolving regulatory banking and securities landscape.

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