09 February 2016

44975

Retired Member

1,368Posts 4,724,545Views 1,609Comments

Financial Services Regulation

This network is for financial professionals interested in staying up to date on financial services regulation happening anywhere in the world. CFOs, bankers, fund managers, treasurers welcome.

Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

19 September 2011  |  3934 views  |  1

Oh to be in the UBS compliance team this week. With news that another “rogue trader” has slipped under the radar in such spectacular fashion—at a time when the world’s banking system is in such a fragile state—the spotlight is thrown yet again on governance and oversight.

Whether as deterrent or detector, the introduction of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) mobile recording regulation PS10/17 on Monday 14th November 2011 will fill an important gap in compliance teams’ and the FSA’s armoury. 

So what will happen after 14th November? The FSA has two main approaches to supervision: monitoring and “thematic surveys”. Thematic work involves analyzing a product, market or practice, to assess risks within a particular market or sector and is used to complement firm-specific monitoring. On average over the last six years, they’ve undertaken over four a year. In the current environment it’s a safe bet that this number will rise.

When I met the FSA last month they raised the possibility of a thematic survey into banks’ implementation of mobile recording. This is not surprising. Over the last three years, they have faced persistent industry pushback to the regulation. Yet this is no minor communication media. Mobiles have, and will increasingly be, an intrinsic part of working life. Financial services is no different in this respect to any other industry.

The message is clear: don’t treat this as a box-checking exercise. Make sure your policies, practices and technology meet the FSA’s compliance requirements. Otherwise, you can expect to see reputational damage occur time and time again. 

Tags

Comments: (1)

A Finextra member | 19 September, 2011, 22:47

Not sure we know enough about the UBS fraud to say if mobile recording would have had any impact. The truth is that over years and god knows how many similar situations rogue trader still find a way of getting through barriers. I am now thinking that systems can take you so far but we need to look beyond and more deeply into causes

Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 thumb ups! (Log in to thumb up)
Comment on this story (membership required)
Log in to receive notifications when someone posts a comment

Latest posts from

Retired's profile

job title
location
member since 2014
Summary profile See full profile »

Retired's expertise

What Retired reads
Retired writes about

Who's commenting on Retired's posts

Steve Patel
Aparty Behera
Ketharaman Swaminathan
Karim Maalouf
Brendan Burge
Konstantin Rabin
Paul Zaman
Astrid Mitchell
Balasubramaniam GD
Graham Seel
Bjorn Soland
Miloslav Hoschek