financial institutions

International Compliance Association

The International Compliance Association (ICA) promotes regulatory and financial compliance and professional conduct in the financial sector around the world. Its website contains information on the roles of the ICA and qualifications approved by and run by it. It also gives basic information about financial crimes and unprofessional conduct within the financial sector. Articles by members of the ICA are available, as well as news items and the ICA code of conduct. There are links to national and international banks and banking regulation organisations worldwide.

Banco Central Do Brazil

Site of the National Bank of Brazil, providing resources in Portuguese and English. In addition to background information about the role and work of the Bank, the site provides sections on the economy and finance, inflation targeting, exchange and foreign capital, the national financial system, supervision and the Brazilian payment system. Media formats used include text, video, photos and podcasts. Official publications of the Bank are available in full text.

European Systemic Risk Board

The European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) was set up by the European Commission in 2010 in response to the financial crisis. It has a mandate to “oversee risk in the financial system as a whole”. Together with the ESA and the EIOPA it forms part of the ESFS (European System of Financial Supervision). The main text of the site, the Annual Report and Board Recommendations are available in a wide range of European languages. Attached explanatory documents are in PDF format and are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.

European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) forms part of the European System of Financial Supervision, together with two other supervisory authorities and the European Systemic Risk Board. Core responsibilities of this body include support of the stability of the financial system and protection of insurance policy holders and members/beneficiaries of pension schemes. Sections of its website cover background information, press releases and publications relating to the policies and work of the organisation. Full-text documents are provided, mainly in PDF format.

Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG)

The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is is a Montreal-based independent research and media group of progressive writers, academics and activists who are critical of globalisation and the New World Order. In their view, globalisation and war are connected and lead to a concentration of private wealth. This site exposes the activities of global banks, financial institutions and multinationals. There are articles on the latest news events. There are archives of earlier news articles and links to other websites with similar sympathies to CRG.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

Website of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, a federal regulator established in 2001 to oversee consumer issues in the financial services sector. The site provides information about the Agency's history, role and mandate, and details of the federal and provincial organisations it regulates, such as banks, credit unions, trust and loan companies, insurance companies, retail associations and co-operative credit associations. The site is arranged into sections aimed at consmers, industry and the media.