The banking sector is facing formidable and unprecedented opportunity. As sweeping regulation is slowly steering the banks back on course and the days of excessive leverage are behind us, it is now the time to focus on what the financial services industry can do best: stimulate innovation, investment and productivity. Whilst the days of 15 per cent return on equity still feel like a pipedream, better times lie ahead for the more adaptable players, who can wade through the tough regulatory climate and meet customers where they want to be met: in the new digital environment.
The Future of Banking agenda will focus on:
• The EU Capital Market Union: what will a harmonised market look like and how will impediments to this ambitious initiative be resolved?
• Creating a sustainable and scalable business model which meets the increasing demands of investors and regulators
• The Single Supervisory Mechanism: accountability, structure, reporting and progress
• Disruption and technology: how can traditional and new entrants keep up with the exponential pace of tech in the industry and the digitally native customer?
• New developments in fintech: entrants, established players and venture capitalists discuss what’s next
• International banking: are banks retreating into home markets and fragmenting along national lines? What geographical markets represent the best opportunities?
• Cultural transformation: what are leaders doing to change the bank’s structure and culture from top to bottom to regain trust, mitigate risk and bolster productivity