Elephant in the boardroom: Corruption

01 April 2016
Knowledge Base

by Evert-Jan Lammers

Some organizations address integrity issues in the in-house magazine, in balanced scorecards, in board meetings, in their communication to stakeholders. Other organizations don’t. Good versus bad company or proactive versus reactive company. Let’s zoom-in on the pro-active companies, the mature organizations. Their board meetings are not only about the what-and-when, but also about the why-and-how. Participants in these meetings dare to speak-up, empowered and protected by shared values. These meeting rooms are light and clear.

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The resurgence of banking malware

28 March 2016

Andy Scherpenberg

We know it is coming. And yet, we aren’t ready. Of course we saw a decline in the use of banking malware. Why would a criminal spend time, effort and money to develop a software that defrauds a banking customer if you can just ask their credentials over the phone? Indeed: low cost, highly efficient social engineering took the fraud world by storm when it proved utterly easy to scare people into revealing their login, password and authentication codes.  Continue reading…

Reducing variation in credit risk-weighted assets

24 March 2016

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision today released a consultative document entitled Reducing variation in credit risk-weighted assets – constraints on the use of internal model approaches. The consultative document sets out a proposed set of changes to the Basel framework’s advanced internal ratings-based approach and the foundation internal ratings-based approach. The IRB approaches permit banks to use internal models as inputs for determining their regulatory capital requirements for credit risk, subject to certain constraints. The proposed changes to the IRB approaches are a key element of the regulatory reform programme that the Basel Committee has committed to finalise by end-2016.

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Rent to own provider Buy as You View to pay £939,000 to around 59,000 customers

22 March 2016

Dunraven Finance Ltd, trading under the name Buy as You View (BAYV), has entered into an agreement with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to redress £939,000 to more than 59,000 customers for historic unfair treatment. BAYV is a rent-to-own provider selling household goods, such as electronics and furniture on hire purchase to customers.
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Delta Lloyd and Fubon announce partnership

16 March 2016

Delta Lloyd N.V. (‘Delta Lloyd’) and Fubon Financial Holding Co. (‘Fubon’) have agreed to continue their discussions regarding forming an enhanced partnership. Delta Lloyd is also pleased with the announcement of Fubon of its commitment to exercise all the rights in respect of its shareholding (c.7% of Delta Lloyd’s share capital) and to vote in favour of the proposed rights issue at today’s EGM.
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Nordea Economic Outlook: Subdued global growth

16 March 2016

With many advanced economies struggling with secular stagnation, the global economy is likely to see continued subdued growth in 2016 and 2017, despite the boost from low oil prices, low interest rates and less drag from Emerging Markets. In the Nordics Sweden continues to outperform. In a new economic forecast Nordea expects a 3.1 per cent increase in world GDP in 2016 and a 3.2 per cent increase next year.

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Liquidity Coverage Ratio for Russia and Turkey

15 March 2016

Today the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published reports assessing the implementation of the Basel risk-based capital framework and the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) for Russia and Turkey. These form part of a series of reports on Basel Committee members’ implementation of Basel standards under the Committee’s Regulatory Consistency Assessment Programme (RCAP). A key component of the RCAP is to assess the consistency and completeness of a jurisdiction’s adopted standards and the significance of any deviations from the regulatory framework. The RCAP does not take account of a jurisdiction’s bank supervision practices nor does it evaluate the adequacy of regulatory capital and high-quality liquid assets for individual banks or a banking system as a whole.

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