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  • European banks turn to sub debt in Yankee summer spree

    European banks turn to sub debt in Yankee summer spree

    Subordinated debt transactions in dollars from a trio of European banks left no doubts about the strength of the Yankee market this week. Bookrunners are encouraging issuers to execute trades in the asset class quickly, as they are unlikely to encounter better conditions before the end of this year, writes David Freitas.

  • BoE floats ‘temporary changes’ to capital buffers

    BoE floats ‘temporary changes’ to capital buffers

    The Bank of England has said it may be necessary to make ‘temporary changes’ to capital buffers in the UK, owing to concerns that the existing framework could discourage banks from lending during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Co-op faces ‘material uncertainty’ over MREL

    Co-op faces ‘material uncertainty’ over MREL

    The Co-operative Bank has said that its future could be in ‘significant doubt’ if it fails to make headway on plans to raise £550m ($719.46m) for its minimum requirements for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) by 2022. The UK lender is hoping to get going in the second half of this year.

  • Second wave concerns cast doubt over H2 window for banks

    Second wave concerns cast doubt over H2 window for banks

    Banks will have a very small window for issuing debt in the rest of 2020, with fears over rising coronavirus infections and US politics expected to bring volatility back into the market, deal arrangers have warned.

  • Bank capital ratios rise as EU reg relief kicks in

    Bank capital ratios rise as EU reg relief kicks in

    European Banks are seeing a rebound in their common equity tier one capital ratios in the second quarter, as they draw on new measures of regulatory relief to guard themselves against a tougher operating environment.

  • BRRD 2 could crush MREL volumes in the Nordics

    BRRD 2 could crush MREL volumes in the Nordics

    Subordinated bond issuance could decline dramatically among Nordic banks following implementation the EU’s new bank recovery and resolution directive (BRRD 2), Fitch said this week.

  • AT1s are becoming a thorny issue for regulators

    AT1s are becoming a thorny issue for regulators

    When the European Central Bank (ECB) is suggesting the additional tier-one market could cost the euro area up to 0.25% of GDP growth in the next year and a half, it is probably time to start thinking about reforming the asset class.

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