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  • Borrowing continues as usual despite Brexit uncertainty

    Dr Rebecca Harding, Chief Economist at the BBA, blogs about trends in the latest High Street Banking statistics.

  • July 2016 figures for the high street banks

    Dr Rebecca Harding, BBA Chief Economist, said:

    “This month’s BBA High Street Banking statistics are the first set of borrowing figures gathered since the EU referendum. The data does not currently suggest borrowing patterns have been significantly affected by the Brexit vote, but it is still early days. Many borrowing decisions will also have been taken before the referendum vote.”

    “We are also clearly still a nation of shoppers and the Brexit vote has done nothing to change the fact that we use credit cards for short-term purchases. Strong retail sales figures appear closely associated with strong consumer credit growth.”

    “Businesses also appear to be borrowing as usual: the upward trend that characterised the first few months of this year is continuing. June’s data looks like a blip, probably caused by pre-Brexit nervousness. But it is too early to tell how the data over the next few months will reflect the result of the decision to leave the EU.”

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  • First Impressions Count: Building a Robust Approach to Onboarding

    In the latest blog from governance risk and compliance specialists Hitec, journalist Gaynor Pengelly explains why failure to gain the necessary data to accurately engage a customer can damage a relationship and lead them directly into the arms of the competition.

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  • Correcting a leverage ratio imbalance

    Simon Hills, Executive Director, Prudential Capital and Risk blogs about how the Bank of England’s decision to drop interest rates might impact the Leverage Ratio.

  • BBA response to the CMA final report

    Commenting on the final findings of the CMA investigation into the supply of personal current accounts (PCAs) and of banking services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), chief executive of the BBA Anthony Browne said:

    “Banks compete to attract and retain customers every day. They are also focused on giving their customers the best outcome for the services they provide. The CMA’s final recommendations will further help consumers with a package of measures which give individuals and businesses greater power to pick the products that are best for their needs.

    “Customers and businesses have already found digital banking hugely convenient and have taken advantage of mobile technology that is allowing us to bank round the clock. We are pleased the CMA has reflected that in its recommendations.

    “However, we recognise more work needs to be done to create a level playing field by supporting new banks wanting to set up business, as well as helping to grow established banks.”

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  • BBA statement on BoE decision to cut interest rate

    Dr Rebecca Harding, BBA chief economist, said:
    “The decision to cut interest rates and increase quantitative easing sends a clear signal that the Bank of England is taking a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to stabilising the economy. Weak post-Brexit data is creating a perception that the economy is likely to slow and the decision to reduce rates has been made on the basis of a perception of risk.

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  • BBA Brief – 29 July 2016

    This will be the last BBA Brief until early September 2016.

    Industry awaits EBA stress test results

    Later today, the European Banking Authority will announce the results of its latest round of stress testing of 51 European banks. According to the FT (£, p7), the most important element of the results will show how well banks’ capital can withstand worsening economic conditions and tougher regulation. Italy’s banks are predicted to fare the worst, in particular Italy’s third largest bank, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which is already trying to raise new capital, reports the BBC.

    May Brexit talks commence with Slovakian PM

    As part of her European tour to discuss Brexit negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May met with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in Bratislava yesterday. According to Reuters, Ms May stressed the need to have an open mind about a potential deal saying, “we should be driven by what is in the best interests of the UK and what is going to work for the European Union, not by the models that already exist.” Slovakia currently holds the EU Council presidency and has previously voiced concern over free movement and the rights of Slovakian nationals already resided in the UK, reports the London Evening Standard.

  • Shawbrook Bank adopt an integrated solution to IFRS 9 compliance

    Jaywing’s Risk Practice Director, Ben O’Brien, blogs about approaches to the implementation of IFRS 9, and the solutions available that maximise integration and functionality.

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  • BBA Brief – 28 July 2016

    Michel Barnier appointed chief of Brexit talks

    The Telegraph (p6) reports that the European Commission has appointed former French Minister, Michel Barnier, as the chief negotiator for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union. Announcing the appointment, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he “wanted an experienced politician for this difficult job” (BBC). According to the FT (£, p5), Mr Barnier will oversee a commission task force as well as preparing formal exit talks under Article 50 once it is triggered.

    UK challengers weather Brexit storm

    Despite profit warnings from Bank of England earlier this month, the UK’s challenger banks have reported steady profits for the second quarter of 2016 (Telegraph, online only). Chief executive Steve Pateman of challenger bank Shawbrook told the FT (£, p18) “It [Brexit] doesn’t change our strategy at all…I think it would be an entirely wrong decision [to rein lending in],” he added. Craig Donaldson, chief executive of Metro, added that he had not seen a change in customer behaviour since the UK’s EU referendum, nor any impact on business flows. The news follows a report from the Bank earlier this month which suggested challenger banks were less shielded from downturns in the commercial property sector, reports City AM.