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    1. April 15, 2016

      MPs to probe UK bank capital rules after high level spat

      MPs are to launch an inquiry into the robustness of UK bank capital rules following a rare spat between one of the...

    2. February 16, 2016

      BoE and Vickers square up over who is toughest on UK banks

      In the red corner is Sir John Vickers, chief architect of the UK’s banking reforms, who says the Bank of England has...

    1. February 16, 2016

      Simplicity is the key to a resilient banking regime

      “A well-run bank needs no capital. No amount of capital will rescue a badly run bank.” So wrote Walter Bagehot, the...

    2. February 15, 2016

      Bank of England rebuffs Vickers criticism

      The Bank of England has rebuffed criticism from the chief architect of the UK’s banking reforms by denying that it has...

    3. February 15, 2016

      HSBC buries City’s feud with UK

      Sir John Vickers has been “raging against the dying of the light”, to borrow a phrase from Dylan Thomas. The reformist...

    4. February 14, 2016

      Vickers lashes out at BoE bank buffers

      The chief architect of the UK’s retail banking reforms has attacked the Bank of England for watering down his...

    5. February 14, 2016

      The Bank of England must think again on systemic risk

      A central lesson of the crisis of 2008 was that banks had woefully inadequate equity capital. When banks could not...

    6. October 15, 2015

      Banks score victory on ringfencing rules

      The UK’s largest banks will be allowed to transfer capital from retail operations to other parts of their business...

    7. October 15, 2015

      Ringfencing Q&A: are the banks happy?

      Ringfencing rules for banks were proposed by the government after recommendations from the Independent Commission on...

    8. June 30, 2015

      Sir John Vickers rejects bankers’ concerns on ringfencing

      The founding father of UK’s bank ringfencing has dismissed the idea that by pushing retail banking units into...

    9. May 21, 2015

      France challenges proposed British exemption to EU banking reform

      France is leading an assault on Britain’s prized carveout protecting its bank structure reforms from being overwritten...

    10. August 14, 2014

      Banks horse-trade on ringfence fine print

      Some of Britain’s biggest banks are expecting to secure concessions from the regulator over the new ringfencing regime,...

    11. June 16, 2014

      Vickers reforms fall foul of EU lawyers

      Brussels is going beyond the law in its plan to exempt the UK’s Vickers reforms from its EU-wide overhaul of “too big...

    12. April 15, 2014

      Business hits ‘brick wall’ in talks on UK banking ring fence

      Business representatives warned on Tuesday they were hitting a “brick wall” in discussions with the government over the...

    13. December 16, 2013

      Architects of banking reform believe job is only half-finished

      It is meant to be the definitive legislative answer to the UK banking crash and City scandals such as rigging the...

    14. December 10, 2013

      MPs set to approve bank reforms after Osborne makes concessions

      Legislation to make banks safer and improve corporate governance is expected to be finally signed off by MPs on...

    15. December 8, 2013

      HSBC prepares to leap the Vickers ringfence

      Sir John Vickers has largely disappeared from view since publishing the final report of his Independent Commission on...

    16. September 8, 2013

      Vickers calls for doubling of bank capital levels

      The chief architect of Britain’s post-crisis regulatory reforms believes banks’ capital levels should be at least twice...

    17. The A-List

      February 6, 2013

      The missing word in Osborne's banking reform plan

      The speech this week by Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer on the “Reform of Banking” delivered a clear and forceful...

    18. February 4, 2013

      Q&A: Osborne’s banking reforms

      Four years after the financial crisis of 2008, George Osborne, chancellor, has announced his Banking Reform Bill. WHAT...

    19. January 28, 2013

      RBS bonuses spell trouble for Osborne

      George Osborne has never believed that the taxpayer should be in the business of owning banks. February will provide...

    20. January 27, 2013

      Electrify the banking ringfence

      The UK government will shortly publish its Banking Reform Bill, giving effect to the recommendations of the Independent...

    21. December 26, 2012

      MPs back forced separation of banks

      A large majority of MPs think British banks should be forced to separate investment banking and high-street operations,...

    22. December 21, 2012

      Plan to electrify bank ringfence welcomed

      Sir John Vickers, author of a plan to shake up British banking, has welcomed a report by senior MPs and peers to...

    23. December 4, 2012

      Fed eyes more long-term debt for banks

      US bank regulators are examining proposals to force the largest and most complex financial institutions to fund...

    24. November 21, 2012

      Bookies decide BoE race is over

      Paul Tucker has been unofficially campaigning to become Bank of England governor for the past two years. In recent...

    25. November 21, 2012

      Osborne warns against bank bill rethink

      George Osborne has urged the banking standards commission not to unpick government proposals to ringfence riskier parts...

    26. November 15, 2012

      The right man for the Old Lady

      There are few more important tasks facing George Osborne than the selection of the next governor of the Bank of...

    27. November 14, 2012

      Outsider makes her pitch to take BoE role

      Sharon Bowles is the outsider in the contest to be Bank of England governor and very proud of it. Should the...

    28. November 13, 2012

      Regulator proposes bank insurance funds

      Preventing global banks from blowing themselves up may well prove impossible, so regulators should consider taxing...

    29. November 12, 2012

      MPs consider threat to break up banks

      Parliament is considering whether to use the threat of full separation of investment and retail banking to ensure the...

    30. November 5, 2012

      Banks plea for right to sell derivatives

      Three of the UK’s biggest banks have told MPs they should be allowed to sell simple derivative products from within...

    31. October 29, 2012

      Bank ringfencing too hard, says John Kay

      John Kay, the leading economist and professor who produced a far-reaching review of the markets in the summer, warned...

    32. October 25, 2012

      Banking’s ‘golden age’ is a myth

      In times of crisis, there is a well-known tendency to seek solutions in the past because things seemed to be better...

    33. October 18, 2012

      Split the difference

      This week Paul Volcker, grand old man of central banking, gently criticised the policy of ringfencing banks’ retail...

    34. October 12, 2012

      Ministers hesitate on diluting bank reform

      The government has shown renewed caution over plans to water down a key proposal on banking reform, in light of a...

    35. FT Alphaville

      October 12, 2012

      Turner's cover letter

      FSA chief, Lord Turner, gave a *cough* wide ranging speech last night in the City. From the FT: Although the FSA...

    36. October 11, 2012

      Turner urges bold action for growth

      Britain needs leaders willing to tear up the rule book for both monetary policy and bank regulation to combat the...

    37. October 8, 2012

      Financial stalwarts line up to lead BoE

      The deadline for aspirants to what is arguably the most powerful central bank governorship in the world passed on...

    38. Westminster Blog

      August 15, 2012

      Banks wary of Lib Dem maneouvres

        Sir John Vickers I revealed in this morning’s FT that Nick Clegg and Vince Cable want to reopen talks on how to put...

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