MADRID | May 29, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | German bund futures spiked higher on Friday after traders cited comments by IMF’s Christine Lagarde to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that a Greek exit from the euro zone was a possibility. As Ms Lagarde’s words heated the debate worldwide, the IMF insisted the German paper mistranslated her as too hawkish on Grexit. The print version of the interview published today is slightly different (see screenshots above).
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MADRID | May 14, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | In the second part our his interview with The Corner, Glasgow University Professor John Holland suggests Europe adopts America’s tough stance on criminal activities in the financial industry.
MADRID | May 13, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | Professor at the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University, John Holland says financial institutions have become too complex for the general public and there is a crisis of confidence in banking and financial capitalism. He insists Basel III is not sufficient to regulate the banks and supports proposals to split up the different banking activities. This is the first part of our conversation.
MADRID | May 12, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | Easy money and negative yields are fueling an unprecedented, dangerous bubble: prices of assets, stocks, bonds and houses are more inflated than ever. Central bankers are noting (and warning against) it. Some market makers are following suit and recommend to reduce exposure to risk.
MADRID | April 21, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | Seven years after financial meltdown, great concerns about sistemic risk remain. “We haven’t learned, bad practices are still there,” IOSCO’s David Wright recently told us. Structural changes in the banking system along with a prolonged period of negative interest rates have prompted to new dangers. Central banks are helping via QE programs, although “you can have monetary liquidity and yet have an insufficiency of market liquidity,” which refers to the depth of financial markets, IMF Financial Counsellor José Viñals points out.
MADRID | April 19, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | Germany’s Institute for the Study of Labor Chairman Klaus Zimmermann finds the debate between EU ‘austerians’ and ‘stimulus fans’ too shallow. In his view, spending cuts for their own sake were never the German style. In a conversation with The Corner, he explains that the effects of the minimum wage introduction in his country cannot be measured yet and why he thinks the German corporate governance model helped cushion the crisis’ labor market impact.
MADRID | April 10, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | Investors breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday when Greece met its IMF loan commitment of €460 million euro ($485 million). Markets are predicting that Athens and its creditors will reach an agreement, which would put an end to the standoff which has developed since the Syriza government was elected earlier this year. Still, creditors are using the leverage provided by the country’s current cash shortage to force Athens to make major reforms. Meanwhile they are pocketing huge interest from the outstanding loans.
MADRID | March 26, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | David Wright is charged with overseeing international securities regulators in his role as Secretary General for IOSCO. In an exclusive interview with The Corner, he speaks of the need for greater urgency in integrating global capital markets. He also notes that a failure to understand the changes taking place in global financial markets could be hindering economic growth.
The Corner | February 25, 2015 | European banks will have to raise more and better quality capital to meet the single supervisor’s requirements, ECB’s Danièle Nouy warned on Tuesday, since the absence of a common regulation is one of the industry’s main challenges. “That would be positive for Spanish banks since regulation in our country is one of the strictest in Europe,” experts at ACF commented.