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Retail Banking

There’s no doubt that these are difficult times for the UK banking sector, but battening down the hatches isn’t going to be an adequate response to either the credit crunch or the reputational battering to which it has given rise. At the same time, previously existing challenges haven’t disappeared - offshoring, the rise of private equity competitors, the cost-reduction imperative and the future of the branch network in the UK and overseas continue to ask questions of banks’ leaders.

Our Retail Banking team provides a range of services tailored to the needs of retail banks and building societies; from audit and tax advice, regulatory counsel and fraud investigation to business transformation focusing on strategy, operations, human capital, enterprise applications, outsourcing and technology integration. With strong relationships with many of the UK’s leading as well as newly emerging banks and building societies, our technical expertise is informed by a deep understanding of sector issues and the evolving environment in which organisations are operating.

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Retail Banking research and insight

  • The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) – Mind the (capital) gap
    In preparation for the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), all ‘significant’ Eurozone banks are taking part in the European Central Bank’s (ECB) comprehensive assessment, with results to be announced in October 2014.
    The fourth in a series of papers on the SSM produced by the EMEA Centre for Regulatory Strategy, this paper is designed to help banks understand, plan for and manage the capital gap challenge that may arise from the results of the assessment.
  • Structural Reform of EU Banking - Rearranging the pieces
    The largest banks in the EU are faced with a set of structural reforms which would separate their trading activities from their retail deposits. In this paper, we look at the European Commission’s recent proposals, and compare them with existing national versions of ring-fencing. We also look at design and practical challenges for the banks affected by the rules.
  • How building societies can manage change in prudential regulation – Piecing it together
    The regulatory environment remains challenging not just for banks, but also building societies, as the introduction of more and tougher prudential standards ‘raises the bar’ and extends the reach of regulation. In this paper, we explore the issues societies are facing, and set out a simple framework for managing change in the new prudential environment.

Retail Banking issues and trends

  • Independent Commission on Banking
    In its final report, published on 12 September 2011, the Independent Commission on Banking proposed radical changes to the way banks authorised in the UK structure themselves and manage their Retail Banking activities.
  • Basel
    The new bank capital and liquidity standards issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision are nearly finalised. Basel III is designed to make the banking system more resilient to shocks by strengthening regulation, supervision, risk management and transparency.
  • Living Wills
    Regulation regarding recovery and resolution plans for banks is currently considered by many national and international regulators.
  • International financial reporting standards (IFRS)
    There is still much to do regarding embedding IFRS as a suite of new accounting rules is under consideration by IASB, whose current agenda includes many projects impacting financial services organisations.
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Highlights

  • Bricks and clicks
    Mapping the future of branches
  • Generation why?
    Attracting the bankers of the future
  • Culture in banking
    Under the microscope
  • Risk Appetite & Assurance
    Do you know your limits?

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