The number of 2011 announcements represents a 16% increase from the roughly 12,000 issued in 2010 and has grown continuously since 2008, when regulators issued close to 9,000 rules and changes. The report cautions that the pace of activity is likely to remain for some time as compliance professionals prepare to deal with a wave of rule making associated with new reforms, especially regarding Dodd-Frank. The majority of activity (57%) came from the United States, while the UK and Europe made up 22%, and Asia accounted for 15%.
“This growth in activity also has an effect on the level of compliance spending, which is bound to rise, leaving less to lend, invest and do the other core activities which will be necessary to revive the global economy,” said Scott McCleskey, global head of financial services regulation for Thompson Reuters’ GRC unit.
Regulatory reforms may be necessary, but they have not come without a price.