Irish Mortgage Brokers Oireachtas appearance discussed on RTE Radio 1

Our appearance at the Oireachtas finance committee was discussed on RTE Radio 1 on the day, it was about the proposal for mortgage lending caps. The meeting in question took about three hours but the clip the journalist chose was a very good reflection of our general position.

Read More

Financial Regulator, official change name to Central Bank of Ireland

In recent correspondence the Financial Regulator wrote explaining that they have merged with the Central Bank, so in future, instead of ‘XYZ Ltd. t/a FirmName is regulated by the Financial Regulator’ companies will instead have to replace ‘Financial Regulator’ with ‘Central Bank of Ireland’. So the re-brand is now complete and the error of split regulation has now been undone.

With current advertisements and promotions you can continue as is but with future print runs or information the new information must apply.

Brokers will also have to provide an email address to the Central Bank for all regulation correspondence, as well as keeping a proper file of CPD (Continuous Professional Development) hours.

A register by firms of who is acting on their behalf must be available at all times and kept up to date, and MCR (Minimum Competency Requirements) must also be kept proving that experience is relevant to a present role.

Oversight of prudential supervision and compliance has now been moved to the Consumer Protection Codes Department within the Central Bank of Ireland.

Read More

Failed regulation in the Irish market

There are three broad benefits to regulation of a financial system.

Firstly, avoidance of negative externalities, often the societal costs of these outweighs the private cost and prevention is possible when a regulator is function well and doing their job correctly. They do this by preventing excesses, by promoting conservative risk management in the financial sector and helping to maintain confidence by ensuring (for instance) that a liquidity shortfall in one institution doesn’t spill over into others (i.e. avoiding multiple bank runs which take down well functioning solvent banks in their wake) resulting in a widespread credit crunch.

Secondly, to set solvency and reserve requirements for banks, at times there are significant asymmetries in information within the consumer/institution relationship, or worse still, information gaps (where both institution and consumer don’t have full information – as happened in the sub-prime loan market in the USA), when nobody can determine the quality and reliability of a financial product a strong regulatory environment will ensure that banks are in a position in which they can …

Read More