The Americans are preparing for the next financial crisis

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the central bank of the United States. (September 2014. US Governmnet work. No known copyright restrictions).

Last week, Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in more than one ways revealed that the American central bank prepares to confront the next financial downturn. On Wednesday, 28 September, speaking at the House Financial Services Committee in Washington D.C. , she defended the Fed’s rigorous supervision over […]

No end to Deutsche Bank’s problems: new litigations in the US and frailty in EU stress test

Deutsche Bank Towers – Walkway from Tower A to Tower B. Headquarters in Frankfurt am Main. (Deutsche Bank Audiovisual Services, August 6, 2015).

Last Wednesday, Deutsche Bank’s shares fell by 4.5% in the first hour of trading in Frankfurt, after the bank released its second quarter results, showing a measly profit of €20 million, in comparison to €818 million last year. The percentage fall of this stock is the biggest ever in such a brief time in the […]

Who cares more about taxpayers? The US by being harsh on major banks or the EU still caressing them?

The EU is quite pathetic about establishing a common deposit guarantee scheme in the European Banking Union. In this way the EBU remains always a phantom institution. The sorry state of affairs is pictured above, where the last concrete action towards creating a really European deposit guarantee system took place many months ago (last December). From left to right, Mejra Festić, Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Slovenia, Thierry Dissaux, Chairman of the Board of the Guarantee Fund for Deposit and Resolution (Fonds de Garantie des Dépôts et de Résolution - FGDR), Dirk Cupei, Head of the Department "Financial market stability" at the Association of German Banks (BdB - Bundesverband deutscher Banken), Alex Kuczynski, Coordinator of the EU Committee of the European Forum of Deposit Insurers (EFDI), Giuseppe Boccuzzi, Director General of the Italian Interbank Deposit Protection Fund, and Joseph Delhaye, Chairman of the Guarantee Deposit Association Luxembourg (Association pour la Garantie des Dépôts Luxembourg - AGDL). Date: 03/12/2015. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2015 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Etienne Ansotte.

The world economy remains more or less motionless or even recedes six years after the financial meltdown, because the banking industry has not yet decided what’s best for its interests. Continue leveraging itself (borrowing) on central bank liquidity in a stagnating environment, or start deleveraging and send the world to another deep recession, if not […]

Capital markets selloff: The financial moguls send messages to monetary authorities

The financial district of the City of London. Practically all the “too big to fail’ banks are present there. Council of the European Union – European Council Audiovisual Service. Shoot date: 15/10/2015, Location: London, United Kingdom.

The wild selloff in the major capital markets of the world that culminated last Monday, the first working day of the New Year and continued on Wednesday for a fifth day in row was not just an overreaction to the anticipated slowdown of the Chinese economy, as almost all chief analysts assumed in mainstream media. […]

What can stop the ‘too big to fail’ bankers from terrorising the world?

Irene Madsen, Team leader at the European Court of Auditors, Milan Martin Cvikl, and Angela Hodar McCann, Head of Unit at the European Court of Auditors (from left to right). Cvikl gave a press conference following the publication of the special report n° 5/2014 entitled "European banking supervision taking shape - EBA and its changing context" in which the European Court of Auditors assessed whether the Commission and the European Banking Authority (EBA) had satisfactorily carried out their responsibilities in setting up the new arrangements for the regulation and supervision system of the banking sector and to examine how successfully those new arrangements were functioning. The report found shortcomings in cross-border banking supervision, the assessment of the resilience of EU banks, and the promotion of consumer protection. (EC Audiovisual services, 2/7/2014).

Last Monday 10 November the Financial Stability Board, an international non-binding body based in Basel which comprises government and central bank officials from G20 countries had a bright idea for the lenders. They admitted that the 30 “too big to fail” major world banks should retain at least 20% of their risky assets in own […]