When the smartest, if not the most literate, guys in the room see “an opportunity to leverage our competencies in technology and risk management to capture this opportunity at accretive returns”, beware. Goldman Sachs plans to launch what was once called a bank, then a peer-to-peer lending platform, and now a “marketplace lender”.
If I were a mastermind seeking to undermine the City of London, I would shift Germany’s financial centre from Frankfurt to Berlin, just as the country moved its political capital from Bonn in the 1990s. Then it would be part of a cosmopolitan city where foreign bankers and lawyers might actually want to live.
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