BBA Voice

In this section our policy experts give their views on the latest news and developments in the banking industry

1st Aug 2014 Back to top
  • Serve the single market, not just financial services

    Anthony Browne

    The EU Commission’s new President is reportedly planning to create a new directorate-general for financial services. But BBA Chief Executive Anthony Browne has some reservations. A new DG could fracture the single market and lead to a flurry of new initiatives instead of giving the last tranche time to bed down. Read his blog here.

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    Written by Anthony Browne

30th Jul 2014 Back to top
  • A bankers’ oath: part of the answer?

    Paul Chisnall

    Raising ethical and professional standards in banking is an objective we all share. But a single solution, such as a bankers’ oath, can only ever form part of the answer. Read BBA Executive Director for Financial Policy and Operations Paul Chisnall’s blog discussing the oath and why Sir Richard Lambert’s Banking Standards Review Council can deliver lasting cultural change.

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    Written by Paul Chisnall

21st Jul 2014 Back to top
  • Is British influence in Brussels about to fall off a cliff?

    Gergely Polner

    New research from the BBA has revealed that UK influence in Brussels is set to decline sharply in the coming years as the number of British officials falls of a “cliff edge”. The BBA has called on the Government to take action to arrest this decline.  In this article BBA Head of EU Affairs, Gergely Polner, talks through some of the main findings of the report and suggests some ways the UK Government could arrest this decline.

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    Written by Gergely Polner

17th Jul 2014 Back to top
15th Jul 2014 Back to top
  • Why this reshuffle isn’t just about women

    Rebecca Park

    Today’s reshuffle isn’t just about the Conservative Party ensuring that it appears to represent Britain ahead of next year’s General Election, it’s also about ensuring that David Cameron has the right team in place to run the Conservatives’ General Election Campaign.

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    Written by Rebecca Park

11th Jul 2014 Back to top
  • Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

    Simon Hills

    The introduction of a leverage ratio will help make the financial system safer. Especially if it takes the form of a simple, internationally harmonised measure. BBA Executive Director for Prudential Capital and Risk Simon Hills responds to the Financial Policy Committee’s leverage ratio consultation paper in his latest blog.

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    Written by Simon Hills

10th Jul 2014 Back to top
  • Let’s make sure an overflow of good doesn’t convert to bad

    Simon Hills

    BBA Executive Director for Prudential Capital and Risk Simon Hills responds to Bank of England Deputy Governor Andrew Bailey’s speech on the capital adequacy of banks. He argues that banks are much stronger and safer than they were before the financial crisis. But with plenty of reforms still on the table, it’s vital we avoid any unintended consequences of regulation.

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    Written by Simon Hills

4th Jul 2014 Back to top
  • Labour tries to show they mean business

    Rebecca Park

    There was no a prawn cocktail in sight but Ed Miliband’s speech at yesterday’s Inclusive Prosperity Conference was very much about showing business that the Labour Party has been listening to their concerns, does recognise the importance of wealth creators and will support them under a Labour government.

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    Written by Rebecca Park

3rd Jul 2014 Back to top
  • A tax that defies the EU’s guiding principles

    Sarah Wulff-Cochrane

    The BBA has today responded to the European Commission’s consultation on tax problems faced by EU citizens when active across borders within the EU. The response urges the Commission to further consider the implications of the proposed FTT for the proper functioning of the internal market and for investors seeking to be active across borders within the EU.

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    Written by Sarah Wulff-Cochrane

2nd Jul 2014 Back to top