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Rethinking banking: How to fit bank business models to regulatory constraints


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Open risks identified during the global financial crisis that started in 2008 are now being addressed by global banks post-crisis, focusing on the improvement of loss absorption to their capital and funding. Global banks, labelled as global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) by supervisors, have been busy coping with regulatory change over the past five years and complying with new business restrictions (eg, constraints on capital, liquidity and leverage; bail-in and total loss absorbing capacity (TLAC) schemas; and stress testing). G-SIBs have been successful in anticipating and meeting the new regulatory hurdles. They have done so by individually undertaking balance sheet corrections to meet higher capital and liquidity constraints. As regulatory uncertainty diminishes and the fog starts to dissipate, it is clear that banks are finding it challenging to meet investor demands for adequate returns. It is time for banks to embed regulatory constraints in strategic planning and management performance, so that proper incentives are in place to achieve business model optimisation. In other words, it is time for banks to rethink their strategies in order to fit business models to the new normal in regulatory constraints.
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Keywords: TLAC; bank business models; bank strategy; banking supervision; capital; financial regulation; leverage; liquidity; risk management; stress test requirements

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2016

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  • Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions is the essential professional and research journal for all those involved in the management of risk at retail and investment banks, investment managers, broker-dealers, hedge funds, exchanges, central banks, financial regulators and depositories, as well as service providers, advisers, researchers and academics. Guided by expert Editors and an eminent Editorial Board, each quarterly 100-page issue does not publish advertising but rather in-depth articles, reviews and applied research by leading professionals and researchers in the field on six key inter-related areas: strategic and business risk, financial risk, including traditional/exotic credit, market and liquidity risks, operational risk, regulatory and legal risks, systemic risk, and sovereign risk.

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