Policy portal Stability & Supervision

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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3 PUBLICATIONS

Consultation response

Response to the European Commission’s consultation on State Aid for Banks in Difficulty

Factsheet

Cheat sheet: What is Banking Union (SRM and SSM)?

Background; Actions of Finance Watch; Key risks; and our Publications on this dossier.
Policy brief

Finance Watch Policy Brief “Should precautionary recapitalisations make taxpayers nervous?”

This policy note looks at what could happen if the ECB’s comprehensive assessment reveals capital shortfalls at banks that cannot then raise funds on the market.

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