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  • ‘Premature’ to criticise Basel buffer flexibility, says ECB

    ‘Premature’ to criticise Basel buffer flexibility, says ECB

    The European Central Bank said on Thursday that it was too soon to tell whether banks were willing to use the flexibility embedded in the Basel capital buffer framework, because the credit impact of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to become clear.

  • Commission calls for input into Banking Union review

    Commission calls for input into Banking Union review

    The European Commission has this week invited stakeholders to contribute to a review of the EU’s crisis management framework. It is hoping to be able to fix a number of issues relating to the Banking Union, with a particular focus on reaching agreement on a common system of deposit insurance (EDIS).

  • ECM surge helps UBS as market awaits Hamers update

    ECM surge helps UBS as market awaits Hamers update

    UBS, the first major European investment bank to report fourth quarter results, smashed through expectations in global banking, with that part of its business benefitting from equity capital markets revenue more than doubling year-on-year.

  • ECA invites EU legislators to address ‘shortcomings’ in bank crisis rules

    ECA invites EU legislators to address ‘shortcomings’ in bank crisis rules

    The European Court of Auditors published an assessment of the EU’s crisis management framework this week. It urged policymakers to align national insolvency procedures with bloc-wide resolution rules, as a way of making sure that banks are treated consistently when they fall into financial difficulty.

  • Bank balance sheets could be obscured, says Coen

    Bank balance sheets could be obscured, says Coen

    The impact of coronavirus on economies has led to extraordinary help being granted to banks and their customers. But this brings the risk of problems on banks' balance sheets being hidden, according to William Coen, former secretary general of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

  • Shareholders hit HSBC with fossil fuel motion

    Shareholders hit HSBC with fossil fuel motion

    Shareholders in HSBC have filed a motion calling on it to live up to its reputation for sustainable finance by setting targets to reduce fossil fuel financing — an area where investors argue HSBC lags behind some of its rivals.

  • HSBC's Asia ambitions remain after Enns leaves

    HSBC's Asia ambitions remain after Enns leaves

    HSBC’s aims to boost market share in investment banking and rebalance towards Asia remain intact despite the resignation of one of its most senior lieutenants. But 2021 must be about execution, writes David Rothnie.

  • Green bankers confident of Taxonomy U-turn

    Green bankers confident of Taxonomy U-turn

    Sustainable finance specialists are optimistic that the European Commission will make a last minute concession on its proposed rules for green buildings when it publishes its final and binding Taxonomy of Sustainable Economic Activities, expected later this month.

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