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  • ECA invites EU legislators to address ‘shortcomings’ in bank crisis rules

    ECA invites EU legislators to address ‘shortcomings’ in bank crisis rules

    The European Court of Auditors published an assessment of the EU’s crisis management framework this week. It urged policymakers to align national insolvency procedures with bloc-wide resolution rules, as a way of making sure that banks are treated consistently when they fall into financial difficulty.

  • Bank balance sheets could be obscured, says Coen

    Bank balance sheets could be obscured, says Coen

    The impact of coronavirus on economies has led to extraordinary help being granted to banks and their customers. But this brings the risk of problems on banks' balance sheets being hidden, according to William Coen, former secretary general of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

  • Shareholders hit HSBC with fossil fuel motion

    Shareholders hit HSBC with fossil fuel motion

    Shareholders in HSBC have filed a motion calling on it to live up to its reputation for sustainable finance by setting targets to reduce fossil fuel financing — an area where investors argue HSBC lags behind some of its rivals.

  • HSBC's Asia ambitions remain after Enns leaves

    HSBC's Asia ambitions remain after Enns leaves

    HSBC’s aims to boost market share in investment banking and rebalance towards Asia remain intact despite the resignation of one of its most senior lieutenants. But 2021 must be about execution, writes David Rothnie.

  • Green bankers confident of Taxonomy U-turn

    Green bankers confident of Taxonomy U-turn

    Sustainable finance specialists are optimistic that the European Commission will make a last minute concession on its proposed rules for green buildings when it publishes its final and binding Taxonomy of Sustainable Economic Activities, expected later this month.

  • ‘We’re on a very different path to others’, says Agora’s Berman

    Charlie Berman, the bond market veteran, believes the platform he is developing, Agora, will not face competition from other fintech applications in the debt capital markets, due to its unique selling point of covering the entire lifecycle of a bond and the use of distributed ledger technology.

  • Politicians' call to scrap ECB debt dismissed as unworkable

    Politicians' call to scrap ECB debt dismissed as unworkable

    European left-wing politicians have called on the European Central Bank to cancel government bonds it has bought, to help countries suffering in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. But analysts believe this move would create a lot of political pain and little economic gain.

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