Europe: An unpopular truth

Author: | Published: 24 Feb 2014

The European Commission's (EC's) proposal to reform regional banks' trading activities is the latest in a line of misguided attempts to prevent a repeat of the 2007 – 2008 global financial crisis. Previously, the UK had favoured a structural split that would force banks to detach their risky trading activities from their retail operations. In the US, the Volcker rule imposes a ban on proprietary trading in the banking group. Europe's recent offering includes both structural separation provisions...