ringfencing

Good morning and welcome to our rolling coverage of the long-awaited report from Sir John Vickers on UK banking reform.

You can find the text of the official report at the Vickers site.

Megan Murphy (MM), the FT’s investment banking correspondent, will guide us through the report.

12:00, MM: Sir John Vickers is calling a wrap on the press conference now, on the dot of midday.

A very interesting 90 minutes, with a strong defence of the commission’s work and what it is trying to achieve not only from Sir John, but most notably from the FT’s Martin Wolf and Bill Winters, the former co-head of investment banking at JPMorgan.

The banking industry may be taken aback by the tone of some of their commentary, as well as their conviction that ring-fencing is the best solution for removing the implicit taxpayer subsidy of universal groups, regardless of the direction taken by regulators/governments in other countries. That concludes the live blog for now, but we’ll be keeping an eye on developments and will post again later on anything new. Read more

Andrew Hill

“Ringfencing” is the word of the day – in the City of London at least. On Wednesday night, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne will get his annual opportunity to excite, extol or excoriate the financial sector in his Mansion House speech. He’s expected to endorse proposals to “ringfence” banks’ deposit-taking and payment systems from their riskier investment banking arms. The aim is to keep customers’ savings safe in any future financial meltdown.

Like most plans for regulatory reform, this is easier said than done. Read more