The Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS) of the BIS published a report which examines current trends in business models of banks following the recent financial crisis. The post-crisis scenarios and a brand new set of regulatory amendments might as well have influenced the business strategies of bankers all over the world. The studies encompasses a panel 0f 21 banks all over the world. The main findings of the study are reported here from the BIS website.
“The experience of the global financial crisis, the post-crisis market environment and changes to regulatory frameworks have had a marked impact on the banking sector globally. The CGFS Working Group examined trends in bank business models, performance and market structure over the past decade, and assessed their implications for the stability and efficiency of banking markets.
The report contains several key observations on structural changes in the banking sector after the crisis. First, while many large advanced economy banks have moved away from trading and cross-border activities, there does not appear to be clear evidence of a systemic retrenchment from core credit provision. Second, bank return on equity has declined across countries, and individual banks have experienced persistently weak earnings and poor investor sentiment, suggesting a need for further cost cutting and structural adjustments. Third, in line with the intended direction of the regulatory reforms, banks have significantly enhanced their balance sheet and funding resilience and curbed their involvement in certain complex activities.”