EU banking reform bans proprietary trading

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The final aspects of the EU banking reform are coming together to stabilise the European financial situation and put a stop to risky trading activities.

European commissioner Michel Barnier is behind the proposal to ban proprietary trading in Europe completely. Documentation explains how proprietary trading “entails many risks but no tangible benefits for the bank’s clients or the wider economy”.

Approval for this legislation is still needed from individual countries and the European Parliament, but has the support of the European Commission.

Mr Barnier said that “The proposed measures will further strengthen financial stability and ensure taxpayers don’t end up paying for the mistakes of banks.” The ban on proprietary trading is part of a complete overhaul of the European banking system. This is also targeting “shadow banking”, calling for greater transparency to prevent smaller and less regulated banking institutions emulating commercial banks’ actions.

Critics of the banking reform are concerned that the proposals won’t have enough of an impact and that separating the banks’ investment and retail sides is the only way to fully prevent risky trading activity.

Gaining approval from individual countries and the European Parliament means the ban will not be effective until 2017 at the earliest.

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