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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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:
Open letter

Need for sustainable prosperity comes first

Letter to the Financial Times, 15 October 2015
Consultation response

Response to DG FISMA consultation on the possible impact of the CRR and CRD IV on bank financing of the economy


Cheat sheet: the Bank Structural Reform (BSR)

The Bank Structural Reform must separate substantially all trading – including market making and derivatives – from deposit banking activities. BSR is strongly opposed by the banking lobby and by certain member states protecting national champion banks.

Statement at ECON hearing on Stocktaking and challenges of the EU Financial Regulation

Finance Watch’s Secretary General, Christophe Nijdam, was invited to speak at the European Parliament’s ECON Committee public hearing on “Stocktaking and challenges of the EU Financial Services Regulation: impact and the way forward towards a more efficient and effective EU framework for Financial Regulation and a Capital Markets Union”.

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

Position paper

Response to Commission Green Paper on Capital Markets Union

Finance Watch response to the European Commission Green Paper on Building a Capital Markets Union.
Consultation response

Response to EBA consultation – The Future of the IRB Approach


Capital Markets Union in 5 questions

This new Finance Watch publication explains in simple words what this new initiative from the European Commission is about, it assesses in Finance Watch’s view its possible impact on growth and on the risk of future crises and explains why taxpayers and citizens should be interested. (This report is also available in French, Polish and Italian. It will be translated into further languages in the following weeks.)
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