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When trust in the financial system disappears, panic sets in: fire sales of financial assets and bank runs can make the entire system collapse. Taxpayers are forced to bail out “too-big-to-fail” institutions to protect essential economic functions (deposits, credit, payment systems).

Mitigating implicit “moral hazard” requires sound prudential policies protecting essential banking services from excessive risk-taking and maintaining adequate capital levels to cover possible losses. Well-resourced, and independent supervision is also key. Finally, prudential regulation must also respond to new risks related to digitalisation (see “Digital Finance”) and climate change (see climate risk under “Sustainable Finance”).

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Consultation response

Consultation response on the functioning of the EU securitisation framework

Consultation response

Consultation response on EBA’s proposals for a STS framework for synthetic securitisation

Policy brief

“’Would you mind holding this for me?’ The (increasingly desperate) search for an answer to Europe’s NPL problem”

Brussels, 8 June 2018 – Finance Watch published today a detailed analysis of the European Commission’s package to tackle Non-Performing Loans (NPL): “’Would you mind holding this for me?’ The (increasingly desperate) search for an answer to Europe’s NPL problem”.
Consultation response

Consultation response on secondary markets for non-performing loans


Speech at the EP Public hearing on Securitisation

Finance Watch’s Secretary General Christophe Nijdam made a statement on the Public hearing on Securitisation, organised by the Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee at the European Parliament, on 13 June 2016.

Speech at the EC public hearing on the Call for Evidence – A review of the EU regulatory framework for financial services

Finance Watch’s Secretary General, Christophe Nijdam, gave a speech at the European Commission’s public hearing on the Public hearing on the “Call for Evidence on the EU regulatory framework for financial services – understanding the interactions and cumulative impact of legislation” on 17 May 2016. Download the opening statement (pdf) Watch the video of Christophe Nijdam’s speech (15 minutes): Key points: The financial crisis was caused by too little regulation, not too much. There is no trade-off between economic growth and financial stability. It is too soon to review regulation that has not been fully implemented. Prudential reforms have not delivered economic and financial stability or clear and simple rules, or restored trust, for example: Tier 1 bank capital is too complex...

Cheat sheet: What is Securities Financing?

Content: Background Actions of Finance Watch Key risks and our Publications on this dossier
Position paper

Capital Markets Union and STS Securitisation Q&As & Quick assessment of CRR revision

In December 2015, Finance Watch published two short Q&As, and in March 2016 a quick assessment of the CRR revision on STS securitisation:

Speaking notes for EC public hearing on CMU

Speaking notes prepared for Christophe Nijdam, Secretary General of Finance Watch, ahead of his participation in the DG FISMA Public Hearing, “Next steps to build a Capital Markets Union”, Brussels, 8 June 2015.
Consultation response

Response to Commission consultation on framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitisation

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