Bank of England Warns Funds Industry About Risks

The world’s $87 trillion asset management industry is getting riskier and echoes some of the “too big to fail” risks already being addressed at banks, Bank of England director of financial stability Andy Haldane said on Friday.

In a speech likely to leave the funds sector bristling, Haldane said some recent trends in activities raise the question whether funds can also be “too big to fail”, meaning they need curbs to avoid a failure wreaking havoc in markets and requiring a potential bailout by taxpayers.

The sector is already lobbying intensively against draft plans by the Financial Stability Board, the regulatory arm of the Group of 20 economies (G20) to designate funds over $100 billion as systemically important and therefore subject to as-yet undetermined extra supervisory requirements.

Haldane said assets in the fund management sector are currently estimated at about $87 trillion globally and could rise to $400 trillion by 2050 as populations expand and get older and richer.

In Britain, the sector has grown from under 50 percent to over 200 percent of gross domestic product since 1980.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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