Regulation under scrutiny at banking stability conference

THE effectiveness of regulation aimed at stabilising and strengthening the world’s banking industry is still unknown nearly a decade after the global financial crisis, according to a leading finance sector researcher at the University of Sydney Business School.

Associate Professor Eliza Wu made the comment ahead of the arrival in Sydney of the world’s leading banking experts and banking regulators for the Business School’s 2017 Banking and Financial Stability Conference.

“The fact is that we don’t know what effect these regulations, including Basel iii and iv, will have in the medium to long term,” said Dr Wu. “We don’t know if the sector is over regulated or if we need more controls.

“Here in Australia, regulators have been working to cool the lending market. We are also concerned about the banking sector’s exposure to the real estate market and the lack of regulatory oversight of the fintech and peer to peer lending sectors,” she said.

The Future of Banking Regulation will be the focus of the Conference’s Policy Panel Discussion between the Bank of Finland’s Dr Iikka Korhonen, Dr Frank Packer of the Bank for International Settlements and Mr. Aidan O’Shaughnessy of the Australian Bankers’ Association.

The key note address, to be delivered by Professor Steven Ongena, Professor of Banking, University of Zurich, will focus on the Spillovers of Macroprudential Policies.

“The heavily disrupted world of banking and finance is evolving very quickly and the regulators and often industry operators themselves, exist under an unforgiving regime of catch-up. That’s why this conference is crucial,” said Dr Wu.

Conference Details;

Date:               Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd of December 2017

Venue:             University of Sydney Business School, Abercrombie Building (H70)

                        Cnr Codrington and Abercrombie Streets, Darlington

Contact:           Trevor Watson 0418 648 099 or Laura Box 0431 860 844

Website           Sydney Banking and Financial Stability Conference


Conference Highlights:

Friday 1st December 2017

8.45-9.30 External Financing of Last Resort? Bank Lines of Credit as a Source of Long-term Finance. Presenter: Professor Ron Masulis, UNSW Business School

9.30-10.15 Presidential Power and Shareholder Wealth Presenter: Professor Nadia Massoud, Melbourne Business School

10.45-11.30 Commercial Bank Failures During The Great Recession: The Real (Estate) Story Presenter: Dr Adonis Antoniades, National University of Singapore

11.30-12.30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Professor Steven Ongena, Professor of Banking, University of Zurich - Spillovers of Macroprudential Policies

1.30-2.30 POLICY PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Banking Regulation

Dr Iikka Korhonen (Bank of Finland), Dr Frank Packer (Bank for International Settlements) & Mr. Aidan O’Shaughnessy (Australian Bankers’ Association)

Chair & Moderator: Associate Professor Eliza Wu.

2.30-3.15 Marketplace Lending in Australia Presenter: Dr Andrew Grant, University of Sydney Business School

3.45-4.30 Sharing the Pain? Credit Supply and Real Effects of Bank Bail-ins

Presenter: Professor Thorsten Beck, Professor of Banking and Finance, Cass Business School

4.30-5.15 Where are the Large Banks? Stress Tests and Small Business Lending Presenter: Dr Kristle Cortes, UNSW Business School

5.15-6.00 Chair: Off-balance Sheet Securitization, Bank Lending and Corporate Innovation Presenter: Dr Zhaoxia Xu, UNSW Business School


Saturday 2nd December 2017

9.00-9.45 On the International Effects of Country-Specific Financial Sector Bailouts Presenter: Dr Matthew Greenwood-Nimmo, University of Melbourne

9.45-10.30 Personal Trading by Brokers, Analysts and Fund Managers Presenter: Associate Professor Joakim Westerholm, University of Sydney Business School

11.00-11.45 Geopolitics and International Bank Flows Presenter: Dr Phong Ngo, Australian National University

11.45-12.30 The Impact of Risk-based Capital Rules on Income Inequality: Global Evidence Presenter: Professor Iftekhar Hasan, Fordham University; Bank of Finland & University of Sydney Business School 


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