‘STORM IS COMING’ Top economist warns financial disaster LOOMS as banks are NOT prepared

John Vickers

Sir John Vickers has warned about the safety of UK banks


A SEVERE financial storm is going to hit and the Bank of England hasn’t done enough to prevent a repeat of the last financial crisis, Sir John Vickers has warned.

Britain’s banks and financial systems are still too fragile, which could lead to another disaster in the face of a big downturn, blasted the economist who led the Independent Commission on Banking.

Sir John told ITV News: “A storm is going to come, we can’t predict when, but you want to be ready for it.

“That’s why you want the building structure to be strong, sound, resilient, well in advance of the bad weather arriving and I think we have strengthened the buildings, the financial system in the UK and internationally.

“But we haven’t done so enough. We need to do more and then when the next very severe storm comes, who knows when, we will be in a better position than we are currently on track to be.”

Overall authorities are not are asking banks to hold enough cash to ward off trouble in tough conditions, warned Sir John.

He said: “Even almost 10 years from the crisis we are allowing our banks to run with exposures, lending, other trading positions and all the rest of it, which is a huge multiple of the shareholders capital in those banks even relative to the regulatory measures of that capital.”

“If you had the market measure then the multiple would be even bigger – we’re looking at numbers like 30 x shareholders equity.”

“I think that’s not a safe way to run the economic system.”

“If we had another economic crisis with the public financiers more exposed than they were last time around goodness knows what would happen.”

“I think we are in an unnecessarily fragile position.”

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