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Sovereign exposures of European banks – revisited

12. Mai 2023
Banks’ domestic sovereign exposures in the euro area ballooned during the financial and European debt crises but have markedly declined since then. Still, with 5% of total assets and 76% of capital, they remain considerable and a risk on bank balance sheets, especially in light of the general exemption from capital requirements and concentration limits. Risk parameters differ between national banking markets, and the home bias remains high, at around 80%, as banks hardly diversify into other euro-area debt. The cross-country differences make it difficult for policymakers to agree on a fully mutualized European Deposit Insurance Scheme and thus complete the Banking Union. [mehr]

Weitere Dokumente zum Thema "Europa"

236 Dokumente
28. September 2023
The banking sector in Europe is benefiting from a set of conditions which have allowed for the strongest bottom-line result on record, even surpassing the pre-financial crisis peak of 2007. Rising interest rates have led to a surge in net interest income, asset quality remains sound and provisions therefore contained, and banks maintain tight cost discipline. Capital and liquidity levels continue to be robust, considerable returns to shareholders notwithstanding. European banks have also caught up with their US peers with regard to profitability ratios, for the first time in many years. Further gains in this benign environment may be harder to achieve though. [mehr]
12. Juli 2023
Um ihre strategische Autonomie zu stärken, drängt die EU auch für den Retail-Zahlungsverkehr auf ein Angebot aus europäischer Hand. Ein privatwirtschaftliches und ein staatliches Projekt werden derzeit vorangetrieben. Während die European Payments Initiative (EPI) auf der bestehenden Infrastruktur für Echtzeitzahlungen aufbaut und ihre digitale Geldbörse (Wallet) Anfang nächsten Jahres am Start sein soll, werden die rechtlichen und technischen Grundlagen für den digitalen Euro noch entwickelt. Da sich beide Lösungen leicht gegenseitig kannibalisieren könnten, würde Europa von einer besseren Koordinierung profitieren. [mehr]
9. Juni 2023
European banks are running at full steam, achieving the best start to a year since the financial crisis – the stress in March notwithstanding. Revenues have been buoyed by exceptional growth in interest income, while provisions for loan losses have fallen back again and costs remain in check. Capital and liquidity positions continue to be very robust, in spite of ample returns to shareholders and TLTRO repayments to the ECB. There are some clouds on the horizon though: interest rate increases are likely coming to an end and loan growth may slow further. [mehr]
6. April 2023
Recent wobbles in US and European banking markets have been triggered by idiosyncratic issues at some institutions and broader uncertainty about the impact of central banks’ monetary tightening. However, capital and liquidity levels of the banking industry in Europe continue to be very robust. In addition, asset quality and profitability are the strongest since the financial crisis 15 years ago. Nevertheless, the market tensions are likely to result in banks tightening lending conditions for the private sector further and they could fuel discussions about the effectiveness and potential adjustments of some regulations. [mehr]
16. März 2023
London ist nach wie vor der führende Finanzplatz für OTC-Zinsderivate mit einem Marktanteil von 46% und einem durchschnittlichen täglichen Handelsvolumen von USD 2,6 Bill. Allerdings hat Großbritannien seit 2019 an Boden verloren – damals lag sein Marktanteil noch bei 51%. Gründe dafür sind sowohl die Abkehr vom Libor als auch die anhaltenden Bemühungen der EU-Behörden, mehr Derivate-Clearing in die EU zu holen. [mehr]
31. Januar 2023
In a new video Rhea Shah highlights how European retail online brokerage and platform universe all feature in the ‘European online brokers & platforms: Catering for the next-gen investors’ report. The report aims to making it easier for investors and corporates to compare companies in one place. [mehr]
12. Januar 2023
Climate stress tests have emerged as a key tool for looking into the financial system’s vulnerability to climate risks. Banks’ exposure to climate risks stems from (1) physical risks that are closely related to geography, and (2) transition risks mainly from loans to carbon-intensive sectors. Exercises by the ECB and BoE suggest that banks’ credit losses in a disorderly transition would be higher than in an orderly transition scenario, and even higher in a “hot house world” with unabated global warming. Banks would be able to absorb climate-related losses due to strong capital buffers. Results are subject to data limitations and modelling constraints. So far, climate stress tests are declared learning exercises with no direct implications for capital requirements. However, supervisors are urging banks to set up a comprehensive climate risk management. [mehr]
20. Dezember 2022
For more than a decade, European banks have sought to catch up and narrow the gap to their US peers. For many years, they were not particularly successful, due to a number of reasons: economic growth in the US outpaced that in Europe, interest rates were consistently higher (and never negative) on the other side of the Atlantic, and restructuring and capital raising needs were greater in Europe which constrained the banks’ ability to expand their business. In the past few years, however, European banks’ performance has indeed improved and they have not just made substantial progress, but also seem well positioned to finally reduce the distance to their US competitors. [mehr]