Jargon buster

This is a straightforward, non-technical guide to the often-confusing jargon used in financial services regulation. It aims to give a set of basic definitions, in plain language, for a wide range of acronyms, products, and terms as used in RegZone reports. It is designed to be suitable for non-lawyers, and comprehensible without too much prior knowledge or cross-referencing.

*entries marked with an asterisk refer to the UK only

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  • Bank of Greece
    Responsible for implementing the Eurosystem's monetary policy in Greece and safeguarding the stability of the Greek financial system.
  • Bank of Italy (Banca d’Italia)
    Central bank of Italy, responsible for banking and financial supervision. The competent authority for the authorisation and supervision of payment institutions in Italy.
  • Bank of Portugal (Banco de Portugal)
    Part of the ESCB (European System of Central Banks) since its creation on 1 January 1999, the competent authority for authorising, regulating and supervising credit, financial and payment institutions in Portugal.
  • Bank of Slovenia (BSI / Banka Slovenije)
    Central bank of the Republic of Slovenia, which implements the common monetary policy, co-manages the official foreign reserves of the monetary system and promotes the smooth operation of payment systems. It is also the competent authority for the authorisation and supervision of payment institutions (banks, credit institutions) and maintains accounts for the Republic of Slovenia, government bodies and public entities.
  • Bank of Spain (Banco de España)
    Central bank of Spain.
  • Bank of Spain (Banco de España)
    Central bank of Spain. The competent authority for the supervision of payment institutions (note the competent authority for the authorization of payment institutions is the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness).
  • Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive BRRD
    Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive
  • Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive BRRD
    Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive
  • Basel Accord (1988) (BASEL I)
    An international agreement on the minimum level of capital that banks need to hold.
  • Basel Accord (2004) (BASEL II)
    An international agreement revising the Basel I standards for the minimum level of capital that banks need to hold.