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FS Focus

An archive of all editions of FS Focus.

Covering key issues affecting the financial services industry covering a wide range of news, views and articles on subjects such as audit reporting, risk, regulation and capital management and financial planning and advice, and much more. This magazine is only available to members of the Financial Services Faculty through their annual faculty subscription.

Unintended consequences

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Strong financial institutions need vibrant, viable business models. To achieve that, they need strong leadership.

Reading between the lines

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Financial services firms must learn to identify and interpret messages about regulatory priorities. Carlos Conceicao and Dorian Drew explain how to read the warning signs.

Calm in a crisis

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Regulators will be reliant on accurate valuations to avoid mistakes in fast-moving resolution situations. Dawn Cowie explains how the approach is evolving.

Juggling priorities

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Insurers have a lot of balls to keep in the air as they switch to new capital and reporting regimes. Andrew Holland and Prashanth Ariyam offer advice on how best to embrace the changes.

Eyes wide open

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Senior managers face tougher scrutiny of their individual management and governance responsibilities. Andrew Procter of Herbert Smith Freehills explains what’s expected under the new regime.

Get on the front foot pdf

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Thematic reviews have become an important regulatory tool. David Nancarrow highlights lessons from the life and pensions market.

Views from the crows nest

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Internal auditors are in a prime position to help financial services firms navigate the challenging risk and regulatory environment. Pam Kaur explains how the function is adapting.

EU policy: the 2015 battleground

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2014 was a year of institutional change in the EU – now it’s all to play for on policy. Mark Foster and Jasper Bergink look at the EU financial services agenda in 2015 and its policymakers.

Neutralising the threats

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The international regulatory landscape for insurers is shifting. At our recent conference Hugh Francis highlighted key items on the international insurance regulation agenda.

watch your back

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UK defined benefit pension plans are concerned about the possibility of a new EU-wide solvency regime via the back door. Liz Fallon examines the potential impact for UK plans.

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