Thursday, 12 March 2009

Delivering intensive supervision and credible deterrence

Hector Sants, Chief Executive of the FSA is talking tough. There will be no more light touch regulation. Here is a quick excerpt of what he had to say in a speech today:

My central message is that when I took on the CEO role in the summer of 2007 my intention was to radically change the supervision practices of the FSA. I set out to ensure the FSA is seen as a regulator which delivers 'intensive supervision' and 'credible deterrence'.

It sounds great. But how does this commitment to hammer the appalling risk management of the banks sit with New Labour's targets for enforced lending? How can the FSA guarantee that our nationalized banks will not take on excessive risks in a vain attempt to keep Brown and the gang in power?

2 comments:

AntiCitizenOne said...

"appalling risk management of the banks"

Was it really that appalling? They have to lend a certain amount of credit the government decides to create, they seem to me to allocate it into the most rent-seeking least-risk place really. This lending wasn't really good for the economy, but credit bubbles never are.

Josh said...

Nothing makes sense anymore in the UK.