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The main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union

09-12-2019

Most significant institutions in the euro area generate returns below the risk-adjusted rate required by investors. This paper surveys some recent studies on the causes of this low profitability, and then discusses several actions that the SSM may want to undertake, to support banks in their quest for higher returns.

Most significant institutions in the euro area generate returns below the risk-adjusted rate required by investors. This paper surveys some recent studies on the causes of this low profitability, and then discusses several actions that the SSM may want to undertake, to support banks in their quest for higher returns.

Externe Autor

A. Resti

Main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union

09-12-2019

There is no “one-size-fits-all” strategy to achieve viable profitability, but all banks need good strategic steering and risk management capabilities to adjust their business mix to changes in the operating environment. Banks have already taken actions to enhance profitability and the room of manoeuvre for the future is not that ample. Policy makers can take further initiatives to fix structural inefficiencies and provide better conditions for banks to enhance profitability. These concerted actions ...

There is no “one-size-fits-all” strategy to achieve viable profitability, but all banks need good strategic steering and risk management capabilities to adjust their business mix to changes in the operating environment. Banks have already taken actions to enhance profitability and the room of manoeuvre for the future is not that ample. Policy makers can take further initiatives to fix structural inefficiencies and provide better conditions for banks to enhance profitability. These concerted actions would help reduce the gap between banks’ RoE and cost-of-equity.

Externe Autor

B.Bruno, E.Carletti, EUI

Main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union

09-12-2019

In this paper we argue that the own findings of the SSM THEMATIC REVIEW ON PROFITABILITY AND BUSINESS MODEL and the academic literature on bank profitability do not provide support for the business model approach of supervisory guidance. We discuss in the paper several reasons why the regulator should stay away from intervening in management practices. We conclude that by taking the role of a coach instead of a referee, the supervisor generates a hazard for financial stability.

In this paper we argue that the own findings of the SSM THEMATIC REVIEW ON PROFITABILITY AND BUSINESS MODEL and the academic literature on bank profitability do not provide support for the business model approach of supervisory guidance. We discuss in the paper several reasons why the regulator should stay away from intervening in management practices. We conclude that by taking the role of a coach instead of a referee, the supervisor generates a hazard for financial stability.

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T.Farina, J-P.Krahnen, L.Pelizzon, M.Wahrenburg

Main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union

05-12-2019

This paper examines how the ECB should respond to the currently low profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union. The subdued profitability appears to be a structural problem caused by overbanking, with too many bank assets chasing too few profitable banking sector opportunities. To address the root problem of overbanking, the ECB should use its existing supervisory powers to require significant banks with unsustainably low profitability to restructure reducing their overall size. This ...

This paper examines how the ECB should respond to the currently low profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union. The subdued profitability appears to be a structural problem caused by overbanking, with too many bank assets chasing too few profitable banking sector opportunities. To address the root problem of overbanking, the ECB should use its existing supervisory powers to require significant banks with unsustainably low profitability to restructure reducing their overall size. This document was provided by the Economic Governance Support Unit at the request of the ECON Committee.

Externe Autor

Ata Can Bertay, Harry Huizinga

Impediments to resolvability of Banks

29-11-2019

This paper gives an overview of the seven aspects of resolvability defined in 2019 by the Single Resolution Board, and then assesses progress in two key areas, based on evidence gathered from public disclosures made by the 20 largest euro-area banks. The largest banks have made good progress in raising bail-in capital. Changes to banks’ legal and operational structures that will facilitate resolution will take more time. Greater transparency would make it easier to achieve the policy objective of ...

This paper gives an overview of the seven aspects of resolvability defined in 2019 by the Single Resolution Board, and then assesses progress in two key areas, based on evidence gathered from public disclosures made by the 20 largest euro-area banks. The largest banks have made good progress in raising bail-in capital. Changes to banks’ legal and operational structures that will facilitate resolution will take more time. Greater transparency would make it easier to achieve the policy objective of making banks resolvable.This document was provided by the Economic Governance Support Unit at the request of the ECON Committee.

Externe Autor

Alexander Lehmann

Impediments to resolvability of banks?

21-11-2019

The feasibility and credibility of bank resolutions depends, among others, on whether the impediments to resolvability are addressed or removed. Based on the limited public information available, this paper assesses the current state of the identification and removal of impediments to the resolvability of banks under the remit of the Single Resolution Board (SRB). The main findings suggest that the inclusion of the impediments assessment is taking the SRB more time than originally foreseen, there ...

The feasibility and credibility of bank resolutions depends, among others, on whether the impediments to resolvability are addressed or removed. Based on the limited public information available, this paper assesses the current state of the identification and removal of impediments to the resolvability of banks under the remit of the Single Resolution Board (SRB). The main findings suggest that the inclusion of the impediments assessment is taking the SRB more time than originally foreseen, there is a greater dependence on banks to address or remove impediments and that the non-resolvable banks are not notified to the EBA.

Externe Autor

W.P. DE GROEN

Recommendations for the ECB’s Monetary Policy Strategy Review

15-11-2019

A review into monetary policy strategy, tools, and communications is underway at the Federal Reserve. The ECB’s new President has signalled support for a review of this sort for the Eurosystem. This paper considers five areas where a review of ECB monetary policy strategy could focus and makes recommendations in relation to each area. The five areas are price stability, the monetary pillar, liquidity provision, balance sheet risk and communications. Most importantly, it is recommended that the ECB ...

A review into monetary policy strategy, tools, and communications is underway at the Federal Reserve. The ECB’s new President has signalled support for a review of this sort for the Eurosystem. This paper considers five areas where a review of ECB monetary policy strategy could focus and makes recommendations in relation to each area. The five areas are price stability, the monetary pillar, liquidity provision, balance sheet risk and communications. Most importantly, it is recommended that the ECB adopt a 2 percent average inflation rate as its definition of price stability and remove the monetary pillar from its official monetary policy strategy. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Externe Autor

Professor Karl WHELAN

Thoughts on a Review of the ECB’s Monetary Policy Strategy

15-11-2019

Time is ripe for a review of the ECB strategy: the economic context and the audience for communication have changed, and the tools for policy decisions and for analysing the environment have expanded. The definition of the inflation target, the two-pillar strategy and the use of “non-standard” policy measures need discussion. A change in the ECB mandate is also worth discussing for it would permit to evaluate the current strategy and mandate against an alternative. This document was provided by Policy ...

Time is ripe for a review of the ECB strategy: the economic context and the audience for communication have changed, and the tools for policy decisions and for analysing the environment have expanded. The definition of the inflation target, the two-pillar strategy and the use of “non-standard” policy measures need discussion. A change in the ECB mandate is also worth discussing for it would permit to evaluate the current strategy and mandate against an alternative. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Externe Autor

Christophe BLOT, Jérôme CREEL and Paul HUBERT

The Two-pillar Strategy of the ECB: Ready for a Review

15-11-2019

Inflation has remained below the ECB’s own target of ‘below, but close to 2%’ for a long time despite massive doses of unconventional policies, suggesting that the present ‘two pillar’ strategy does not work. A review of the strategy will be useful only if it is entrusted to independent experts. Otherwise, it is likely to result in the finding that only marginal changes to the existing strategy are needed and that larger doses of the present policy will be sufficient to achieve the inflation target ...

Inflation has remained below the ECB’s own target of ‘below, but close to 2%’ for a long time despite massive doses of unconventional policies, suggesting that the present ‘two pillar’ strategy does not work. A review of the strategy will be useful only if it is entrusted to independent experts. Otherwise, it is likely to result in the finding that only marginal changes to the existing strategy are needed and that larger doses of the present policy will be sufficient to achieve the inflation target. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee.

Externe Autor

Daniel GROS, Angela CAPOLONGO

Country-Specific Recommendations in banking - November 2019

12-11-2019

Financial sector reforms have been flagged by the Commission in its Communication on the 2019 European Semester as the policy area where Member States have made the most progress during last year. This briefing focuses on the banking recommendations addressed by the Council to individual Member States within the framework of the European Semester over the past years (2011-2019). It covers all recommendations targeting individual Member States’ banking sectors from a financial stability perspective ...

Financial sector reforms have been flagged by the Commission in its Communication on the 2019 European Semester as the policy area where Member States have made the most progress during last year. This briefing focuses on the banking recommendations addressed by the Council to individual Member States within the framework of the European Semester over the past years (2011-2019). It covers all recommendations targeting individual Member States’ banking sectors from a financial stability perspective or in respect of the financing of their economies and access to finance. It takes stock of these banking relevant country-specific recommendations issued since 2011, having a closer look at the most recent recommendation iteration, as well as, looks in detail at the main topics addressed and gives an overview of the implementation by Member States as assessed by the Commission. The briefing is regularly updated.

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