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Ringfencing fully implemented

Background

  • Post financial crisis in 2007, ring-fencing was one of several reforms by the Government to strengthen the financial system.
  • It reduces the likelihood that essential banking services used by ordinary depositors, like current accounts, savings accounts and payments are put at risk by a failure in another part of the business, such as investment banking.
  • Protect customers and day to day banking services from unrelated risks elsewhere in the business. 

Impacts

  • Large Banks must legally separate their essential banking services from all other business activity, as example, Investment Banking

 Timeline

  • Ringfencing must be fully implemented by 1 January 2019.