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Scarcity raises the price of a good. This economic law has been drummed into us as a result of the numerous booms and slumps that have molded our societies over the centuries.

The current inflationary process is still in full swing, and the action of central banks, the ultimate guarantors of price stability, will be greatly intensified from now on.

Despite limited exposures, we are likely to see impairments in banks' loan portfolios, an increase in the operational risk resulting from sanctions and a fall in profitability of the most-exposed banks which, in some cases, could erode part of …

Although the NPL ratio in the banking system declined as banks sped up the disposal of bad loans, asset risk remained high amid the repeated pandemic threats and the slow recovery. The risks associated with Evergrande’s fallout are manageable…

No surprises came out of last Thursday's ECB meeting, with the expected announcement of a reduction in asset buybacks under its pandemic emergency purchase program (PEPP). The big decisions on monetary policy measures will have to wait until it…

Over the summer, the optimism in the financial markets held firm. This was despite the confirmation of the unprecedented collapse of economic activity in the second quarter of 2020 — the result of the drastic measures taken on a global scale to contain the spread of COVID-19.

It is still too early to take stock of the year but, with a little more than a month to go until it ends, everything indicates that 2018 will have been the year in which the financial markets ran head on into reality. In 2017 a very positive tone dominated the markets, due to a combination of factors that shaped a very favo…

Bank deposits have slowed since the end of 2015 and further more since the beginning of 2018. The slowdown matches historical patterns during late-stage economic expansions. The likely cause is the higher attractiveness of deposit alternatives …

Last week the European Commission presented a proposal for developing a new class of low-risk assets denominated in euros. SBBS, or sovereign bond-backed securities, are securitisations backed by a set of sovereign bonds of euro zone countries.…

The European Commission recently issued a guide for countries wishing to be able to create bad banks for the purpose of managing their banks’ impaired assets, whether loans or repossessed assets. A bad bank is a public or private sector entit…