The management of the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis will have significant effects on the stability of national banking systems, as argued in some recent Vox columns (Acharya et al 2011, Wyplosz 2011).
Home bias and the credit crunch: Evidence from Italy
Andrea F Presbitero, Gregory F Udell, Alberto Zazzaro, 12 February 2012
Next-generation system-wide liquidity stress testing
Christian Schmieder, Heiko Hesse, Benjamin Neudorfer, Claus Puhr, Stefan W Schmitz, 1 February 2012
Bank liquidity was traditionally viewed as of equal importance to solvency. Liquidity risks are inherent in maturity transformation, ie the usual long-term maturity profile of banks’ assets and short-term maturities of liabilities. Banks have commonly relied on retail deposits, and, to some degree, on long-term wholesale funding as supposedly stable sources of funding.
Stop coddling Europe’s banks
Morris Goldstein, 11 January 2012
After initial denials, Europe’s leaders have started to acknowledge that IMF Chief Christine Lagarde was right. Through their statements and decisions, policymakers are showing their agreement with her assessment in August 2011 at the Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole symposium that there was an urgent need for recapitalisation of Europe’s banks (Lagarde 2011).
Europe must change course on banks
Nicolas Véron, 22 December 2011
The Eurozone crisis keeps evolving along multiple dimensions. On the sovereign debt front, no deal is yet in sight on Greece’s debt restructuring, and Italy and Spain face major refinancing needs in early 2012.
Deleveraging in the Eurozone
Vincent O'Sullivan, Stephen Kinsella, 17 December 2011
The capital shortfall at EU banks is 8% higher than originally thought, according to the latest assessment from the European Banking Authority (EBA 2011) released on 8 December.
What is the value added of banks?
Christina Wang, 8 December 2011
Like an organ of the human body, the financial system calls most attention to itself when it malfunctions. But in normal times, is the financial system like the human heart, circulating essential capital throughout the economy? Or is it like the appendix, doing little when healthy but devastating when ill?
The interplay of sovereign spreads and banks’ fragility in the Eurozone
Damiano Sandri, Ashoka Mody, 23 November 2011
European policymakers are confronting a heightened crisis characterised by a perverse and seemingly intractable interplay between sovereign debt pressures and financial-sector fragilities (Wolff 2011). Three questions arise:
How much capital do European banks need? Some estimates
Viral Acharya, Dirk Schoenmaker, Sascha Steffen, 22 November 2011
The European banking system is freezing up. Several banks are not able to fund themselves in the market. The lack of market confidence in European banks is fed by the ongoing uncertainty about Eurozone sovereign debt (as well as real estate) to which these banks are exposed.
If banks should act as utilities, why not treat them as such?
Charles A.E. Goodhart, 30 August 2011
Nobody thinks that utility-operating companies – whether in transport, such as railways, in energy, such as electricity, or telephone or water – are too big to fail. If they lose enough money and go bust, then, if another company cannot be found to take over the franchise, the government steps in to take over the operations.
Capital, politics and bank weaknesses
Jon Danielsson, 27 June 2011
Bank capital has emerged as a key element in the post-crisis financial regulatory reforms. Basel III is now likely to include a 7% equity-to-risk-weighted-assets capital requirement.
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