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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Consultation response

Response to the FSB consultation on the evaluation of the effects of “too-big-to-fail” reforms


Report: “#10yearsAfter – Back to Business as Usual”

In its comprehensive analysis of post-crisis regulation, Finance Watch demonstrates that the opportunity for a fundamental realignment of the global financial sector has been missed and that none of the structural vulnerabilities that led to the financial crisis of 2008 have been tackled in a decisive way.

Speech at Financial Stability Conference 2017

Berlin, 18 October 2017 – Ten years after the onset of the most serious financial crisis in recent history, the EU’s financial framework is still not consistent and needs to be further strengthened to ensure financial stability. Further reforms to improve the resilience of the banking sector are still needed to turn the current cyclical recovery into a sustainable structural recovery.
Policy brief

Policy Brief “One step forward, two steps back”

Brussels, 7 June 2017 – Finance Watch, the public interest advocacy group working to make finance serve society, has published a new Policy Brief “One step forward, two steps back” with comments and recommendations on the EU’s Banking Package.

Representation of the public interest in banking

Most of us have little or no say in what banks can and cannot, should and should not be doing, yet in Europe in 2016 we are all deeply affected by the activities of banks. This report investigates the numerous ways in which the public is blocked from participating in influencing the activities of banks and from representing its own interests in banking.
Position paper

Comments on the EBA’s Interim Report on the Implementation and Design of the MREL Framework

Finance Watch comments on the European Banking Authority’s Interim Report on the Implementation and Design of the MREL Framework.
Position paper

Comments on the current debate regarding bank bail-in and recapitalisation

Finance Watch comments on the current debate regarding bank bail-in and recapitalisation.

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...
Policy brief

Policy Brief “TLAC/MREL: Making failure possible?”

This note provides an update on recent developments in the area of bank recovery and resolution. It contains a brief primer of the current European Union (EU) bank resolution regime, in particular the “bail-in” tool, and an introduction to the recently published capital standards, TLAC and MREL.
Consultation response

Response to Commission call for evidence on the regulatory framework for financial services

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