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November 19, 2018

From risk appetite to caution

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…

September 12, 2018

U.S. | What’s behind the slowdown in bank deposits?

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 as deposit interest rates have not increased commensurately with other short-term…
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June 4, 2018

SBBS: Low risk without mutualisation?

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. Each SBBS would thus incorporate an exposure to a small part of sovereign bonds …

March 26, 2018

Are bad banks good?

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 entity that acquires these assets and has an extended period in which to liquidate them …