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  • BCBS at last leveling the playing field #Playitfair

    BCBS at last leveling the playing field #Playitfair


    21 September 2016

    For Finance Watch, nobody should buy into the biased narrative that making our banking system safer will lead to a decline in lending to the real economy. Given the enormous cost of banking crises, we should prioritise financial stability over short-term profitability. Big banks need to play it fair!

  • Basel III: There are no shortcuts to any place worth going #PlayItFair

    Fixing Basel III doesn't make it Basel IV #PlayItFair


    15 September 2016

    Basel III: There are no shortcuts to any place worth going #PlayItFair

  • ENLIGHTEN: European legitimacy in governing through hard times

    1 August 2016

    Finance Watch is a partner of ENLIGHTEN: "European legitimacy in governing through hard times, the role of European networks" Discover the project!

  • Inequality and access to financial services

    1 August 2016

    Listen to the introduction speech on "Inequality and access to financial services", given by Christophe Nijdam at the 2015 Alpbach Financial Market Symposium in Austria.

  • The insufficient role of EDIS in restoring trust in banks

    25 July 2016

    The proposed European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS) is an incremental step in rebuilding trust in banks, but it cannot do the job on its own. Finance Watch public affairs officer, Katarzyna Hanula-Bobbitt, looks at how a phased implementation could help, and what other policy initiatives are necessary to build trust.

  • So-called "Basel IV" would help restore trust in the health of the European banking sector


    29 June 2016

    Having recognised the problem with internal models, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has decided recently to restrict the use of internal models by large banks and to align them more closely with the standardised approach. While this is certainly a step in the right direction this partial review may, arguably, not go far enough in bridging the gap and removing excess variability from regulatory capital calculations.

  • What we need is another financial system, not green niches

    Giulia Porino
    28 June 2016

    Green finance needs to grow from being a narrow ‘green niche’ for specialists to taking centre stage as part of a broad ‘sustainable finance’ agenda. Since November last year, Finance Watch has got in the debate around climate and finance with the aim of advocating a broader view of climate finance, challenging the fundamentals of today’s financial system.

  • Making retail financial products safer for consumers


    28 April 2016

    People often say “the devil is in the detail” with financial services. We fear that the Commission will miss this opportunity to update consumer protection for the digital era. If you want to know why, read our new blog article.

  • Representation of public interest in banking #3 - What blocks public participation in banking?

    25 April 2016

    The governance and structure of Europe’s banking system and the regulatory process that should oversee it contain numerous barriers to the public’s participation. In this article, Duncan Lindo, Research Fellow at Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds and an independent researcher in the political economy of banks and finance, explains us why.

  • Jamie Dimon’s letter to shareholders

    17 April 2016

    Guest blogger Robert Jenkins explains why higher capital funding is compatible with shareholder value, and why bank investors should be wary of using short-term RoE as a target.